February 14, 2019

JOB 13-14   


The Focus Verse for Today: Job 13:15


It is time to pray.  Pray for more than just understanding of today’s journey, pray for a relationship with the Creator of all that is: The Great I Am.  Open your Bibles to Job chapters 13 and 14 and begin your journey for today.  After reading these two chapters; doesn’t your heart break for Job?  Even with a breaking heart, don’t you admire his steadfastness to his convictions.  Whether you are a believer or not, it is impossible not to admire Job’s character.  


In today’s journey, we are going to consider chapters 13 and 14 together because both chapters deal with the continuation of Job’s rebuke of Zophar’s allegations.  Job, frustrated by his friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, refers to them in chapter 13 as bad physicians.


In chapters 13 and 14, Job makes two requests of God.  The first is to cease the punishment which he, Job, is unjustly receiving.  The second, after God ceases Job’s punishment, is that Job be allowed to reason with God to prove that he, Job, hasn’t committed a sin worthy of the punishment he is receiving.  Job reasons that if he fails to prove he is sinless before God; then, God can do as is just.  Job wants an opportunity to be heard.



It appears that Job believed that all life ceases after death.  Based on this belief, Job would have believed that all the pleasures and rewards of his life trusting in God would be rewarded in this life.  Job did not know of, nor understand, God’s gift of eternal life.  He was seeking his rewards now.  These feelings are expressed by Job in chapter 14.  


Our focus verse for today:

Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face.  (Job 13:15 NIV)


This verse speaks to the condition of Jobs character and heart.  Job knew in his heart that he had not sinned against God.  Job knew it!  He knew it!  Job observed the ruins of what was left of his life.  That was all Job could do as boils and sores covered his body, allowing him to do nothing, nothing except contemplate his circumstances, his fate: why?  Job believed God was responsible for everything that happened.  This was not then, nor is it now, an accurate description of God’s interaction with His creation.  Job knew God.  Job knew God well.  Job didn’t understand the workings of a fallen universe.  Job kept telling God that God was responsible for Job’s down trodden circumstances.  Job believed incorrectly.  But, but, but, Job never forsook The Creator of all.  Job loved God and Job’s character reflected that love.  


Have you ever had a moment when you confronted someone who you believed harmed you, only to learn the person you confronted didn’t know what you were talking about?  Embarrassing, isn’t it?  Job accused God without knowing God was the source of his misery.  Job knew God.  He knew God well enough to know that God didn’t punish those undeserving of punishment.  He knew God, but he didn’t think to ask God what was the cause of his misery.  He assumed that God was the source.  In fact it was Satan - the executor of all evil.  Job knew God.  Job knew God well enough to follow God regardless of his circumstances.  Job knew God, and loved God, in a manner that would not allow him to forsake Him, regardless of his circumstances.  Job knew God, and loved God, in a manner that would not allow him to forsake God, even though Job believed God was heaping ruin on him.  Job knew God.  Job knew God well.


It is time to take out your journal and warm up your contemplator.  Take a moment to ask for God to share His true meaning of our journey through chapters 13 and 14 of Job today.  Journalists, contemplators, write or contemplate what is the distinction between love and character as you see it operating in the scriptures in Jobs’ life.  Now ask yourself the much harder question: what is the distinction between love and character in your life?  Do you like what has been revealed?  Godspeace!


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