January 6, Reading 2 – Job 9, 10

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SAA Notes

One thing obvious from here is that Job knows God. Nature’s testimony has convinced him of God’s existence. Depression is a very common issue for many people. Job believes that God could have changed things. The fact that He didn’t, makes Job say such strong and cutting things to God. (10:20) Have you ever felt like Job?

SJA Notes

“Your hands fashioned me and made me, and now you have destroyed me altogether.”

Job cries out “Why?” to God. He is feeling at the end of his ability to cope, from his perspective things are incredibly grim.

We often ask the same of God in the situations we experience.

So it is a good reminder to remember the heavenly realities.

God is at work in Job’s life. Satan is trying to undermine God in Job’s life.

And God has specific and intentional purposes for Job himself.

When we get to the end of Job we see God’s answer to our cry of “Why?”.

God’s answer is direct and confronting.

“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for action like a man: I will question you, and you make it known to me.”

God’s word encourages us to bring our prayers and petitions before the Lord (Philippians 4:6), to cast our cares on Him (because He cares for us, 1 Peter 5:6-7).

And here we have another facet of God’s character and truth.

He works His will in whatever way He pleases. He pleases for our good (Romans 8), but it is His will. His way. His purposes.

* Sovereign God,

You are the holy God, worthy of praise. Please help us to bear Your Name well as we go about our lives today.

You are our loving heavenly Father. Please help us to walk obediently under Your will as Your children.

You continue to work for our good. Please help us to reflect Your love and Your kindness to all around us.

Amen.


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