I'm on a journey to read through the Bible in chronological order. Taking it one day at a time, I will read based on a list I found on the internet and blog about what happened, thoughts provoked, emotions conjured, etc. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Day six: Job 10-13

Job continues his lament...asking God for death and challenging his ways, "evil men go untouched, so why are you doing this to me??". The third friend again rebukes him and reminds him of the work the Lord is doing. He attempts to show him the evil in his heart, but Job refuses to listen still. I have encountered many Jobs in my short lifetime. I have learned that God can only use those around them and then we have to sit back and let the master work...

Job gets really angry at those who rebuke him and basically ask them to leave him alone. He wants to present his case to God and leave others out of it. No man lived perfectly (except for Jesus) so up until now, while Job was a righteous and upstanding believer, he was far from perfect. From what I am reading, he honestly thinks he has never, ever done anything wrong (even in his heart of hearts) and is totally confused why God is doing this. But, he's missing the point! God isn't doing this to punish him, He's doing it to strengthen him. But Job is too focused on himself to get beyond that...

We cannot question why it seems some go unpunished for unspeakable acts, and seemingly perfect people encounter great tragedy. The fact is, God doesn't punish us for our wrongdoing-- Jesus took all the blame! That is the glory of the gospel!! God's wrath has been withheld! When we face trials, it is not because we cursed our neighbor or told a lie, its because God wants to break us down so he can rebuild us.

Besides, who are we to judge who should and shouldn't be punished?

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