Saturday, August 9, 2014
Gathering in Christ
Although You know that I am not wicked, and there is no one who can deliver from Your hand… Your hands have made me and fashioned me, an intricate unity, yet You would destroy me…
Job’s utterances are the last word in the expression of certain forms of grief. These particular are stately and terrific. Job is trying to state to his own mind why God seems to have rejected him, and also why he should reject the way God is being presented to him [as nothing bad can happen to good people]….
A fanatic is one who entrenches himself in invincible ignorance; Job will not accept anything that contradicts the facts he knows; he is not melancholy; he does not say God is cruel; he simply states the facts -- “It looks as though God is rejecting me without any reason, all the facts go to prove this, and I am not going to avoid them.” Job will not lay a flattering unction to his soul on the line of expediency. No man ever puts a stumbling block in the way of others by telling the truth; to tell the truth is more honoring to God than to tell a lie. If God has done something for you, you will know it unmistakably, but if He has not, never say He has for the sake of pther people. Job sticks to facts; that is what confuses his friends; but in the end, Job is brought face-to-face with God.
Excerpts from Oswald Chambers
Daily Devotional Bible, Reading 221 (8/9)
From Baffled to Fight Better
This photograph is by Liz Burnell.