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WHAT TO LOOK FOR

We’ve been reading Job for a little while now, and Job comes to the end of his complaint in our readings this week. Most of us have never faced the level of suffering that Job went through, but even without major suffering we might find ourselves feeling similar to Job. Job felt cut off from God and abandoned by Him.

Oh that I were as in months gone by,

As in the days when God watched over me;

When His lamp shone over my head,

And by His light I walked through darkness;

As I was in the prime of my days,

When the friendship of God was over my tent;

When the Almighty was yet with me,

And my children were around me.

(Job 29:2–5)

There are times when it feels as though God is not hearing us. As though we are cut off from His friendship. Seeing Job’s righteousness and knowing our own sin may make us even more doubtful of God’s love for us. But look at it from the other direction. Even Job, who was more righteous than most of us could dream of, who understood true wisdom and taught it to others—even Job felt as though God wasn’t hearing him.

But Job was wrong. God was hearing. And He hears us as well. Though He seems far off, though we know there is nothing in us to obligate Him to listen, though our sins are as scarlet, He hears and does not turn away those who seek His face. It wasn’t because Job was righteous that God heard him. In fact, the biggest problem with Job is that he is righteous in his own eyes. No amount of righteousness is enough to justify us in the eyes of God. So let us sinful men cry out to God, knowing that He will hear us. Remember the Syrophoenician woman, who continued to beg the Lord for help, even though He was refusing at first. And the mercy of the Lord was displayed so clearly when He answered her prayer.

VERSE TO MEDITATE ON

And to man He said, “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;

And to depart from evil is understanding.”

—Job 28:28

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – “But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.” (Psalm 115:3)
  • Confession – How quick we are to justify ourselves, and equally quick to feel that God will not justify us.
  • Thanksgiving – “I will not hide My face from them any longer, for I will have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,” declares the Lord GOD.” (Ezekiel 39:29)
  • Supplication – “Listen to the supplication of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place; hear in heaven Your dwelling place; hear and forgive.” (1 Kings 8:30)

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This post by Joseph Bayly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

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