January 15, Reading 2 – Job 23, 24

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SAA Notes

Job digs himself deeper into depression. He has fallen down and his friends just beat him down further. The present reality of evil, and the evil men do, is a crushing weight on Job. He can’t understand God. Do you ever feel like this towards God? Read on!

SJA Notes

“Yet God prolongs the life of the mighty by his power; they rise up when they despair of life. He gives them security, and they are supported, and his eyes are upon their ways.”

We are a little over half-way through the great debate, and we see that Job is growing bolder in his dialogue, both with his friends and with God.

Job continues to point out the faultiness of his friends’ logic, of their views; he argues again that bad people do not always have bad things happen to them, especially in direct correlation with their deeds.

Job has shown consistently his faith in the Lord God. He has shown his strong belief in life after death and bodily resurrection.

And yet – He is bitter and has a complaint with God.

We can be like Job. Holding fast to God’s faithfulness but also holding onto our complaint.

Why me? Why not them? !!!

In a few chapters we will reach the end of Job, where the Lord God Almighty sets the record straight.

Bringing our turmoil and complaints to God is a good thing – But it is just as important to complete that process.

Read the end of Job now to see Job’s response, and what our response should be as we hear what God has to say to us today and onwards.

* God Almighty,

Thank You for Your word! Please write it on our hearts today, that we might not sin against You.

Please teach us today what You want us to know.

Amen.

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