If I only knew (Job 29-31)

Oh, that I had one to hear me!
    (Here is my signature! Let the Almighty answer me!)
    Oh, that I had the indictment written by my adversary! Job 31:35

By this point in our journey with Job, it has become obvious that Job has exhausted himself in search for the answer for his Hell on earth season of life. Job has arrived at the place where he believed God was the source of his problems (30:19). Job was fully convinced that he would not recover. He accepted his fate. He spoke out of brokenness, “For I know that You will bring me to death and to the house appointed for all living,” 30:23.

I know that you know how devastating life becomes when we have no answer for why things are happening. Notice how much we have in common with Job:

  • Job looked back in mourning as he considered all that he had lost. In chapter 29, Job said, “I was in my prime.”
  • Job took inventory of his life and concluded that he was innocent of all wrong, (Job 31). I can honestly say, he was a far better servant than I am.
  • Job came to the place where there was nothing else left to be said, 31: 40 “the words of Job are ended.”

Brothers and sisters, I know we have the first two things in common with Job and we readily embrace them. But what about the the last point? Do you make it a point to be still before God each day? I want to challenge you with the true need of daily quiet time before God.

I believe there are times of testing sent to us by God for the sole purpose of leading us to be still before Him (Ps. 46:10). Maybe it’s time for you to be still even now? In chapter 32 the words of God ended and in chapter 38 God did speak. Could it be that God is waiting for our surrender to be silent?

Two assignments for the day:

  1. Read Isaiah 40:30-31 and listed to what God will say.
  2. Read Hebrews 11 and write down what God says to you.

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