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“May you and I trust God for our security.” <>< Dona (07/07/20)

Please read Job 8 through 10.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

In Job 8 Bildad, Job’s friend, was upset that Job still claimed he had not sinned and didn’t need to repent (Job 7:12-21). 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, though the basis of Bildad’s argument might have been correct about the justice of God (verse 3, 20), his idea of God’s justice was not (verse 4-7).

Something to think about

Bildad argued: that God could not be unjust, and God would not punish a just man, therefore Job must have sinned and not repented.   Bildad didn’t allow any exceptions to his theory.  He wrongly assumed that people suffer only as a result of their sins.   

Something to experience

Who or what do we trust for our security?  If we seek a secure foundation with God feelings of insecurity will not undermine us. 

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In Job 9 Job realized that the wicked ultimately perish but his own situation confused him. Why was he being punished?  Job didn’t believe he was wicked.    He wanted his case heard by God (verses 32-35).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, didn’t he realized arguing with You wasn’t going to help him?

Something to think about

Job was confused about why he was suffering.  Job wasn’t perfect, but he believed he had been faithful (Job 6:29-30).  And though he was impatient toward God, he did not reject or curse God.

Something to experience

In times of extended or prolonged illnesses and pain do we sometimes become impatient while waiting on God?

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In Job 10 Job begins to feel sorry for himself. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord we too may begin to feel sorry for ourselves when we face extended periods of pain.

Something to think about

Because Job was confused about the cause of his troubles he began to feel sorry for himself.

Something to experience

Remember that the trials we experience whether allowed by God or sent by God can be the means for us to grow and develop into the person God wants us to be.  Don’t jump to conclusions about the situations in your life.    Remember sometimes even you don’t have the whole picture yet. 

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will listen carefully to You.  I pray You will always be our secure foundation, our precious cornerstone in life (Isaiah 28:16 AMP).   Lord, I pray we will be still before You.  I pray we will wait patiently for You and entrust ourselves to You.  I pray we will not concern ourselves about those who prosper in their wicked schemes (Psalm 37:7 AMP). Lord, I pray we will experience Your perfect peace.  I pray we will be courageous, confident, undaunted and be filled with joy because You overcame the world and through You we will too (John 16:33 AMP). Lord, I pray we will comfort others with the comfort we received from You as we  experienced trials in our lives (II Corinthians 1:3-4 AMP).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I encourage others.” <>< Dona