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

Job asks, he cries out, “Why?” to God.

We often ask this of God for the situations we experience in life.

Job is at the end of his rope, so it seems from his perspective.

In ch10 v18 he asks, “Why did you bring me out from the womb? Would that I had died before any eye had seen me and were as though I had not been, …”

Remember the heavenly realities here. God is at work in this, Job is a faithful man, Satan is trying to undermine the Lord although failing.

And God’s purposes are intimate for Job himself. Not just for us reading. Not just to show His sovereignty and power. But for Job at that time in the darkest despair.

When we get to chapter 38 we will see God’s answer to Job. Job cries out “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 (Phil 4 v6), to cast our cares on Him (because He cares for us, 1 Peter 5 v6-7).

But here we have another facet of the reality of God in our lives.

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

Pray that God would open our hearts to wrestle with this truth for us in our lives today.

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