Change Your Perspective
Almighty God, I bow before You and acknowledge You are holy, wise and good.
Read JOB 42:1-17
 Then Job replied to the LORD:  “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.  You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.  “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’  My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.  Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”  After the LORD had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.  So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.”  So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the LORD told them; and the LORD accepted Job’s prayer.  After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.  All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the LORD had brought on him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring.  The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys.  And he also had seven sons and three daughters.  The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch.  Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.  After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation.  And so Job died, an old man and full of years. Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
ReflectWhat did Job learn?
It’s easy to get lost in the last part of the story (7-17), which is written in a similar form to the story’s beginning (1,2). Job’s wrestle with God and the problem of suffering is vindicated, and his friends’ attempts to engage with the issue rationally are condemned by God (7,8).But the key to the question about how to live in a suffering world is found in the first six verses, which continue the poetic style of the core of the book. In these verses, Job acknowledges God’s superiority (2) and, crucially, that there are things beyond human comprehension (3). Our response to a world where suffering, from our perspective, seems to reign unchecked, can be despair or anger. Or, like Job, we can reject (“despise,” 6) our vision of the universe and embrace a new, overarching way of seeing. This new way is based on seeing God for who he really is (5) and living on the basis of that vision.
Consider God’s good purposes in what makes no sense in your circumstances.
Father, continually reveal Your heart to me and teach me to trust You.
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