Welcome and Introduction
Welcome friends, to another edition of Blogging Through the Bible. As we make our way through the book of Job, if you missed previous posts, you may catch them here, with:
Stacey @ Words From the Wheel
Angela @ No Longer Lukewarm
Tatiana @ Purposeful Motherhood.
The Reality of the Story of Job
Have you heard the expression, "the patience of job?" People use that expression (in Christian circles) to reference to endurance in faith, and keeping calm. Now Job did not benefit from the days of Oprah interviews, or interesting and informative blogs on the internet, or go-to You-tube or google. He lived in more primitive times, but he had a relationship with God and he had firm faith.
I don't blame him or judge him, but ( I would say understandably) Job really did not keep his calm. There was no, "Was better to have loved and lost than never to have loved before..." coming off of his lips.
In chapter 9 and 10, I see/hear comments that fit into a few different categories: MISERY and DEPRESSION, RESPECT and FAITH, HUMILITY.
Misery and Depression
He doesn't beat around the bush about saying how he feels, at this point:
My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
Respect and Faith
Though he is at the lowest low of his life, Job still reveres God's position as God. He hangs on to his faith and honors God.
Job may be whiny (again I say, understandably) but he is not sassy or defiant. He has things in perspective, with God, as God, and himself...as himself, mere human. I even think I detect FEAR. He does not shake his fist at God for allowing the tragedy he has endured (loosing everything, and physical misery and illness.)
What stands out to you in these chapters?
Does reading these chapters bring other questions to your mind? If so, what?
Dear Lord, I have not experienced the losses of Job, and yet, in my valley, my prodigal age, my attitude was worse. I pray Lord, that you would build me stronger and wiser in the time that I have left on earth, so that I may endure, and even be an encouragement to others. Thank you for preparing Heaven for those who are Yours. In Jesus's name I pray, amen.