Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 8:1 through Job 11:20
In today’s reading we see that Job’s second friend Bildad is basically a repeat performance of Eliphaz, except he is attacking Job’s children (8:4).
But today I focused more on Job’s response than his Pharisaic friends.
I was struck by the fact that Job knew God. I mean he really knew Him. Verse after verse Job describes the attributes of God.
Then I begin to question, how did Job get to know God Almighty at such depth, when there was no Bible at that time?
I think one way Job knew God was he “visited” with Him through stargazing. In Chapter 9 verses 9 and 10, Job talks about the stars and the constellations. The magnitude of the heavens caused Job to say “He (God) does great things too marvelous to understand. He performs countless miracles.”
Last night my Husband Harry and I were outside “stargazing”. It was a beautiful night, the stars were bright and each one seemed to have its own special attributes. My thoughts always go to God when I look at the stars.
Taking the time to stare at the sky really puts you in your place. You realize that the stars look like a dot but they are huge and you look huge but you’re really just a dot! I can just imagine Job sitting outside on a starry night and watching the sky, looking for God and saying, “Yet when he comes near, I cannot see him. When he moves by, I do not see Him go (9:11).”
I have to say one more thing about star-gazing; it takes time. We have to pull ourselves away from the noise of life and be quiet to get to know God. Whether, it’s looking at stars, enjoying nature, or reading the Bible and praying; it takes effort to know Him. I’m so proud of you for making the commitment to take this journey to know Him more!
Job was grieving, but he was grieving with the knowledge that the God of the universe was overseeing his grief and somehow his God was bigger than all he had lost. Yes, he questioned God; because he knew God knew the answers. There’s comfort in that.
If Job had believed in the “Big Bang Theory” and not God, where could he have gone with his questions?
Job knew his limits: “God is not a mortal like me, so I cannot argue with him or take him to trial (9:32).” Even so, Job wanted to get closer: “If only there were a mediator between us, someone who could bring us together (9:33).”
This is huge.
This cry of Job for a mediator was answered when Jesus Christ came to earth:
For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. –1 Timothy 2:5
Jesus Christ, whom Job knew nothing about, would come and be exactly what he requested, our mediator.
and let the impact of this thought permeate you
Job, knew he needed a Savior, a connector to God the Father; so that He could know God more–no one told him this, he just knew.
Dear Lord, thank you for answering Job’s request and giving us Your Son Jesus not only for the redemption of our sins but so that we could know You more!
Amen and Amen!
©2013, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Job 12:1 through Job 14:22