11My days have passed, my plans are shattered.

    Yet the desires of my heart

12turn night into day; 

    in the face of the darkness light is near. (Job 17:11-12, NIV)

 

 

February 28, 2019

JOB 17-18

DAY 61: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR

Focus Verse For Today: Job 17:11-12

 

Take a few minutes to pray, asking God to share His wisdom with you concerning today’s journey through Job. Read Job 17-18 and let our journey begin. 

 

Our focus verse shares Jobs heart. Taken from chapter 17, it shares the character of a person which God loves: it shares Jobs character. The focus verses for today:

 

11My days have passed, my plans are shattered.

    Yet the desires of my heart

12turn night into day;

    in the face of the darkness light is near. (Job 17:11-12, NIV)

 

In all the calamity that Job had faced he recognized that those who criticized him did not understand what was happening. (Job 17:4) Job suffered, Job was disappointed in his friends, Job was confused, not knowing where God was during his time of calamity and despair: however, Job sought the desire of his heart in the midst of his calamity and despair, Job surrendered his life’s destiny to God. Job expected night to be turned into day. (Job17:1-10)

 

Chapter 18 of Job, is another lecture from Bildad the Shuhite, a friend of Job. Bildad did not understand Job’s circumstance and used the power of strong language as a fear tactic to coerce Job to admit that he was living a sin filled life. Bildad did not perceive Job had no secret sin he was trying to keep from God. Bildad could not understand that Job needed encouragement and not criticism because Bildad looked at Job’s circumstances and not at Job himself. In fairness to Bildad, it appears that Jewish people of that time viewed a person’s closeness to God based on that person’s material blessings. In light of the fact that all of Job’s family and possessions were taken, it appeared that God was chastening Job. Bildad relied on his own understanding rather than seek the counsel of God.  (Job 18:1-21)

 

Today’s journey is one of a friend who does not know what to do but choses to advise his friend anyway. Have you ever counseled someone to discover you didn’t understand your friend’s problem? Have you ever been counseled by someone who didn’t truly understand the source of your problem? Bildad chose to tell Job that he needed to make things right with the Lord. Bildad could have sought the Lord’s help for his friend Job. The latter is a much more effective prayer when you don’t understand.  Have you ever been counseled by someone who didn’t truly understand your problem? Have you ever counseled someone to discover you didn’t understand the source of your friend’s problem? Godspeace!

 

 

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