Week 3! And I am reading Job. Whew! I have to honestly say, that some of it, I don't understand!
I want to trust that God is always looking out for me. But like Job's friends and his wife, I sometimes feel like He doesn't. I want an answer for everything that happens. God didn't even give that to Job, who He said was the finest man in all the earth, blameless, and of complete integrity (Job 1:8).
Job had a good life, good job, good family.
Then the tests came. Brokenness.
Then came "why was I ever born?" (Job 3:11) Ever had that thought?
Then "I have no peace, no quietness, no rest." (Job 3:26) If you are a mom, you have felt this way. I don't care how much you love your kids...you have felt this way.
Then by chapter 9 it's: "Whatever happens, I will be found guilty. So what's the use in trying!" Ever heard yourself say..."why do I clean? It just gets dirty again." No? It's just me? Be honest....with yourself.
So even with Job, who lost absolutely everything, we can have something in common. I have not suffered anything remotely to what he suffered, but I can understand some of his arguments. Why does God do some things that He does? Honestly, we will never know or understand...He is God and we are not. Maybe this needs to be turned around. Can I just let God handle it? Just give it up? Just be broken?
Sara Groves is one of my absolute favorite Christian singers. Her song What I Thought I Wanted has a great verse in it...
When I get to heaven I’m gonna go find Job
I want to ask a few hard questions, I want to know what he knows
About what it is he wanted and what he got instead
How to be broken and faithful
hmm, broken and faithful. Most of us haven't been broken to that extent of Job, some of us have. I don't want to be broken, not really. But how else will we find out if we are faithful, really faithful?
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