Week 25   Day 4

 

How can a mortal

            confront God

            with the question

            "What are you doing!?"

 

 

God is my friend 

            God is my tormenter 

God knows everything and is kind 

            God does nothing to help me  

God is just 

            but in this particular case

            God is not acting with justice

 

Job struggled with these conflicts

            and with the God who is  

                    silent

                    hiding

                    elusive.

 

 

Job wanted two things from God 

            1) stop hurting/punishing me 

            2) let's talk about this.

 

 

 

                                  FAITH STATEMENTS
A few good quotes - These words are worth remembering.
                                   Job 13, 19, 20  & 23

 

     15"Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.  Even so, I will

defend my own ways before him.  16He shall be my salvation. 

For a hypocrite could not come before Him.  17Listen carefully to

my speech.  18See now, I have prepared my case, I know that

I shall be vindicated.  19 If now I hold my tongue, I perish.

     20"Only two things do not do to me:  21Withdraw Your hand

far from me; and let the dread of You make me afraid.  22Then

call, and I will answer; or let me speak, that You respond to me.

23How many are my iniquities?  Make me know my sin. 

     23"Oh, that my words were written!  Inscribed in a book or

engraved on a rock with an iron pen and lead, forever!  25For

I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on
the
earth.  26After my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my

flesh I shall see God, 27Whom I shall see for myself, and my

eyes shall behold.  How my heart yearns within me!"

     1Then Zophar answered and said:  4"Do you not know this

of old, since man was placed on earth, that the triumphing of the

wicked is short; the joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment? 

6Though his haughtiness mounts up to the heavens, 7yet he will

perish forever like his own refuse.

     12"Though evil is sweet in his mouth, and he hides it under

his tongue, 14yet his food in his stomach turns sour; it becomes

cobra venom within him.  18From the proceeds of business he

will get no enjoyment, 19for he has oppressed and forsaken

the poor.  20He knows no quietness in his heart.  29This is the

portion from God, the heritage appointed to him."

     1Then Job said:  2"Today my complaint is bitter; my hand

is listless because of my groaning.  3Oh, that I knew where I

might find Him!  4 I would present my case, and fill my mouth

with arguments.  I would know the words He would answer me,

and understand what He would say.  6Would He contend with

me in His great power?  No!  But He would take note of me. 

7There the upright could reason with him.

     8"I go forward, but He is not there.  Backward, but I cannot

perceive Him.  9He works on the left, and I cannot behold Him;

when He turns to the right, I cannot see Him.  10But He knows

the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth

as gold.  11My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His

way and not turned aside.  12 I have treasured the words of

His mouth more than my necessary food."
               This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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