Lunch Bite January 27, 2021

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: “Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me. Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be in the right?” (Job 40:6–8, ESV)

Consider for a moment the  current situation of the world, all the wrongs, all the evil, and all the hurts.  Who gets the blame?  At the end of the day and in the secret places of the heart who do most people blame for the problems of the world?  God!  Believers and unbelievers alike blame God for the ills of the world.  Believers ask, “God why don’t you do something?”  Unbelievers cry out, “Where is your God?”  Some have the courage to speak the words out loud even as Job did in confronting the misery of his life, but most will keep these as the secret words of the heart.  Both the outer and the inner words are poison to a person.  Because of sin we are all guilty of having these moments in life of asking, “Why God?”

How do we grow in our faith to fight against these self-destructive thoughts and words that bring worry and anxiety to life?  Greater than the worry we burden ourselves with these words are sins before our Father when we do. 

God’s answer to Job and our need for these times is an encounter with God, to see His power revealed before us and the question from God, “Will you put me in the wrong?”  When we do think this way, we begin to fall into the snare of the devil and think as Job did that God is not good, that God is not able, that God does not care.  No time in Job’s grief did he waiver in His faith that God can deliver him from the circumstances. 

So, amid your troubles when all hope seems gone as it did to Job, pray to hear God’s voice commanding you to get up out of your misery, to come before the throne of grace boldly, then fall on your knees before God, and ask God to forgive your doubts of His love and care for you.  Ask God for greater faith to trust in Him and to rest in your salvation in Christ that one day we will be restored before God as Job was.   In the light of His glory and grace the world will fade away.

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