January 31, 2019
DAY 33: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Focus Verses: Job 9:32-35
Open your Bibles to Job chapters 9 and 10 asking God in prayer to reveal the true meaning of today’s journey. Read carefully, you don’t want to miss a thing!
Chapters 9 and 10, of Job is a continuing conversation that Job is having with God about his current circumstances. In today’s journey, none of Job’s friends speak. Job is pleading to God, or lamenting to himself. Imagine yourself in the position Job is in. As Job, you were God’s shining star, you had it all, suddenly, without any warning at all: almost everything you had was gone! Almost everything! Gone! The term almost everything is gone is accurate. Job lost his earthly possessions (wealth) and relationships (family). Job’s wife was spared to encourage Job to betray God. Job did not lose, nor did he abandon, his relationship, however tenuous it may have seemed, with his Creator.
In chapter 9, Job struggles: How do I communicate my case to God? How do I convince Him that I have not sinned? How do I convince Him that the wrath He is directing at me is mistaken? Job rightly believed that he was blameless in God’s eyes; so why the anguish?
In chapter 10, Job has reached the level of frustration he can bear and begins accusing God of dealing with him unjustly.
Today’s focus verse is Job 9:32-35;
“He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him,
that we might confront each other in court.
33If only there were someone to mediate between us,
someone to bring us together,
34someone to remove God’s rod from me,
so that his terror would frighten me no more.
35Then I would speak up without fear of him,
but as it now stands with me, I cannot. (NIV)
In our focus verse Job says, if only I had an intercessor who could plead my case before God. I am a mere mortal. Job understood that he was powerless before God. Job understood that He did not understand the ways of God. Job knew he needed help. It appears that Job understood the need for a savior, the Savior: Emmanuel.
Remember you are Job and you are talking with God about what is going on all about you. What would you say? Take out your Bible and read chapters 9 and 10. Have you noticed that Job is describing God as Job understands God. Job never once asked God to reveal His true self and the source of the circumstance. Job assumes. Pray for God to reveal more of Himself to you as we, Journey Through The Book of Job, together. Reflect on your reading, reflect on your prayer; now take out your journal, if you happen to journaling and put your reflections to paper. This trip you are on, this Journey Through The Bible In A Year, is the most important trip you have ever been on. Godspeace!
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