Day Twenty: January 20 – Today’s Tasting: Job 5-7: Job’s friend’s continues: “Resentments destroy the fool, and jealousy kills.”
God does great things too marvelous to understand:
- He performs countless miracles
- He gives prosperity
- He frustrates the plans of schemers
- He traps the wise to thwart any cunning schemes
- He rescues the poor
“But consider the joy of those corrected by God! Do not despise discipline…when you sin:
- He wounds, He also bandages
- He strikes, but his hand also heals
- He rescues and protects from evil
- He saves from death of famine and sword
- You will be protected from slander and destruction
- You will laugh at destruction, famine, and wild animals
- You will be at peace among the stones and wild animals
- Your will know safety in your home, nothing will be missing
- You will have many children and descendants
- You will live long
Job’s reply, My misery and troubles outweigh all the sands of the sea…. Don’t I have a right to complain? I wish he would crush me, I wish he would reach out his hand and kill me. I take comfort in this, despite the pain, I have not denied the words of the Holy One. I have no strength that remains. You assume my guilt, but I have done no wrong.
Job’s cry to God: I cannot keep from speaking. I must express my anguish. My bitter soul must complain…. I hate my life and don’t want to go on living.
Today’s Nourishment: Still Complaining – Job felt as though he held the right to complain and share the weight of his misery. Carrying our misery only weakens us, zapping us of our strength. Misery and troubles weigh us down. Turn that misery and trouble over to the one who is capable of carrying it. We were not made to carry such weight.
Job’s friend spoke honestly concerning resentment Perhaps Job resented others, himself, or even the Lord. He took his eyes off the great and marvelous things and ways of our great God to look only at his circumstances.
Our God performs miracles, provides sustenance, and protects from evil. Our Sovereign God allows sickness and brings healing, allows sorrow and brings joy, allows war and brings peace, allows famine and allows plenty, allows darkness and brings light, allows bad and brings good. He is Sovereign, meaning He reigns over all.
Lord, we direct our focus back on you, not our own lives, or our circumstances. We praise you! You are a marvelous God. We roll our misery and troubles over on you. Our strength comes from you. The joy of the Lord is our strength. Perform miracles, provide sustenance, and protect us from evil.
Tomorrow’s Reading: Job 8-11
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