Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 32:1 through Job 34:37
I don’t know about you but I’m pretty tired of all this complaining about Job. Today, some young guy named Elihu shows up to throw in his two cents.
Why is all this complaining recorded in the Bible?
There is much that I don’t know about the story of Job but I know two things:
1. If it’s in the Bible, it’s there for a reason
2. If there is repetition, it’s REALLY important
In Job 34:7, Elihu says, “Tell me, has there ever been a man like Job?” I know I left off the last part, “with his thirst for irreverent talk?” But I kept re-reading the first part, “Has there ever been a man like Job?” “Has there ever been a man like Job?” Where had I heard that before?
It wasn’t the exact words, but God spoke a similar phrase two times, “He’s (Job) the finest man in all the earth (Job 1:8, Job 2:3)
It’s interesting to me that man can look at someone and see the negative in his uniqueness and God can look at that same person and see the beauty and perfection in his uniqueness. Elihu was right; there had never been a man like Job. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil.
Whose opinion is most important to us?
God’s or Man
Of course we all say, “God’s opinion is the most important!”
But do we live like it?
Do we think like it?
Do we talk like it?
How do we find God’s opinion on everything from money to sex? Read the Bible consistently. Here’s one more reason NOT TO QUIT on the journey!
Friends, I know this section of reading is a little difficult, but don’t quit. The best part of Job is just around the corner! AND Exodus is coming!
I’m praying that you don’t give up. Remember; if you get behind just pick up on the current day’s reading!
Lord, show us all that you have for us! Amen and Amen
©2013, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Job 35:1 through Job 37:24