Thursday, August 13, 2009

Job follow-up

Upon re-evaluation of the text in the book of Job, I have come to realize that the purpose of the book is to define the majesty of God. Whereas the image of a sinless and suffering Job is something we flock to as Christians it is in fact just a means of displaying the true glory of the saviour/friend we find in God. Truth is Job didn't deserve what happened to him, but it's what he did with his frustration that put him in the wrong. Not that God isn't big enough or understanding enough to hear our frustrations with him, he is. Look at the Psalms or the prophets, or even the Septuagint and see that God is bigger than our complaints against him. However we need to big enough to take God's response, or lack there of, or seeming lack there of, whatever the circumstances. Know that you are never alone, though sometimes it feels like it. The spirit never leaves you, but makes itself scarce for a time to test your character. Do you pass the test? luckily, I have found in my experience there is always a makeup exam. Job isn't about how much it sucks to be Job, or about how if we are faithful in times of trial God will reward us. It's about how God is so much bigger than anything we're going through. I wish I caught that earlier.

Job 38:12-15
12 "Have you ever given orders to the morning,
or shown the dawn its place,

13 that it might take the earth by the edges
and shake the wicked out of it?

14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;
its features stand out like those of a garment.

15 The wicked are denied their light,
and their upraised arm is broken.

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