He’s Touching Me (Job 17-20)

Have mercy on me, have mercy on me, O you my friends,
    for the hand of God has touched me! Job 19:21

One of the hardest things for Christian parents to accept is the reality that their kids are sinners. Now as a first-time grandparent I still find it hard to remember this truth. If you don’t believe me, get several kids together when they are tired. Usually their sin natures come out when they are asked to share. This sin usually amps up to the point that sometimes kids will shout out, “make John stop, he is touching me.”

As a child grows they often grow into adulthood with the same childish (sinful ways). In our studies in the life of Job we have come to chapters 17-20. Job was still holding fast to his belief that what has happened to him is not a result of sin in his own life. With each round of arguments, his friends were bearing down that he was in sin.

I hope you are noticing that with each new chapter Job is leaning more and more toward doubting God’s intentions. In chapter 19, Job spoke about God’s hand being on him. Job knew God had allowed hard times to descend on his life (19:8). Job cries out for his friends (19:21) to have mercy on him. They were only on the outside looking in. Job was on the inside wanting to get out of this dark time in his life.

You and I must remember that Job was not the only one who did not know the way of this season of his life. His so-called friends did not now as well.

At this point we sense Job struggling with truth. Job was stretched in his mind, his body, and his spirit. But Job was holding onto what he knew about God. Read slowly through Job’s proclamation of what he knew about God.

25 For I know that my Redeemer lives,
    and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
26 And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
    yet in my flesh I shall see God
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Here is the big deal in my mind today: When I cannot see God’s hand I can still trust His heart.

Who is this Redeemer Job spoke about? According to Isaiah 53:4, it is Jesus. This Jesus came to this earth and was touched by the hand of God (stricken by God) so that by His wounds we can be healed. Brothers and sisters, let us never doubt the intentions of God’s heart or the power of His hand.

I love Romans 8:32

 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 

Oh my friend, I have become an adult but I still have a child-like faith crying out to God and to others, “He is touching me.” Praise be to His name!

Two questions to consider:

  1. What do you know about God’s intentions toward you?
  2. What situations do you need to place in His hands today?

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