Week 25   Day 3

 

 

          where is it that we find the living God 
         
when we are 
                           
sad  
                            
discouraged 
                   
         lonely 
                          
 empty
                           
weak
                           
mistreated  

                      
sometimes we feel that 
                                 
 he has gone off and left us 
                                  
he is too high and holy  
                                  
 he is unapproachable  

                      
sometimes we think that 
                                  
he has no time for us 
                                  
we are not important 
                                  
he does not listen   

          but the living God is always present

                              redeeming

                              reclaiming
                           
  renewing

         
the One who takes our breath away 
         
and gives it back again
         
in double portions

 

                                                                   ---rus

 

 

 

                      JOB DEMANDS A HEARING WITH GOD
God does what is right; Job must have done something wrong.
                                             Job 4, 5, 6, 8 & 9

 

     1Eliphaz said:  3"Surely you have instructed many, and have
strengthened weak
hands.  4Your words have upheld him who was
stumbling. 
5Now it comes upon you, and you are weary; it touches
you
and you are troubled. 
     
7"Remember now, who ever perished
being innocent?  Or where
were the upright ever cut off?  
8Those who plow iniquity and sow
trouble reap the same.
6Affliction does not come from the dust, nor
does trouble
spring from the ground. 

     17"Happy the man whom God corrects, therefore do not despise
the chastening of the Almighty.  18He
bruises, but He binds up. 
He wounds, but His hands make whole."
     
1Job answered: 4"The arrows of the Almighty are within me; My
spirit drinks their poison. The terrors of God are arrayed against me."

     1Bildad said:  2"How long will you speak these things? 
3Does God subvert judgment?  Does the Almighty
pervert justice? 
5Earnestly seek God and make your supplication, 
surely He
would awake for you, and prosper you."

     1Then Job answered:  2"How can a man be righteous before

God?  3 If one wished to contend with Him, he could not answer

Him one time out of a thousand.  4God is wise in heart and mighty

in strength.  5He removes the mountains, and they do not know. 

6He shakes the earth out of its place, and its pillars tremble.  7He

commands the sun, and it does not rise; He seals off the stars. 

11 If He goes by me, I do not see Him; if He moves past, I do not

perceive Him.  12 If He takes away, who can hinder Him?   Who

can say to Him, 'What are You doing?'

     14"How then can I answer Him, and choose my words to

reason with Him?  15Though I were righteous, I could not answer
Him; I would beg mercy of my Judge.  16 If I called and
He
answered me, I would not believe He was listening to
my voice. 
17He crushes me with a tempest, and multiplies
my wounds
without cause.  18He will not allow me to catch my
breath, but
fills me with bitterness. 19 If it is a matter of strength,
indeed
He is strong; and if of justice, who will appoint my day
in court? 
20Though I were righteous, my own mouth would
condemn me.

     32"For He is not a man, as I am, that I may answer Him,

and that we should go to court together.  33Nor is there any

mediator between us, who may lay his hand on us both.  34Let

Him take His rod away from me.  35Then I would speak and

not fear Him, but it is not so with me."
             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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