Assigned Reading for January 6: Job 10-13; Psalms 13-15
Chapter 13 – “Lord, how long?” David struggled with his thoughts and sorrow, just as we do. As he pours out his heart, he does something else too. David praises God, in the midst of his struggle. He remembers the joy God will give him. He waits for it.
In my honest struggle, how am I keeping my eye on His joy and deliverance?
Chapter 14 – This psalm is a reminder to consider how I live. God is watching, lovingly watching, but watching still. God is present in my life, and not far away like we can think.
As we realize God is watching, what is keeping us from seeking Him through His Word and prayer?
Chapter 15 – This is the sort of character we ought to aspire to. God gives us an idea of how to honor Him and stand in His awesome Presence. People like this had their lives together. Focused. Dedicated. Intentionally following Him. These are the sort of things we ought to work toward, as believers in Christ. Unshakable, because all they are hangs on God – not their own efforts or strength.
Job is boldly speaking out to God. Job gets quite blunt with God – the Holy One. Did Job realize how holy God is, in the moment as he spoke like he did?
While I know Job’s sufferings were intense and that he feared God with his heart and life (otherwise he wouldn’t be a threat to the Devil and tested as he was), today’s readings offer us two different views of handling our sufferings. In David’s psalms, we learn a thing or two about handling suffering as well.
David offers up prayers honestly, but with godly fear and praise – knowing God’s truth.
In everything we face in life, we need to remember there is such a thing as the great mystery of God and how He operates. He is full of wisdom and power, so He will do things that we will not understand. He will allow suffering or circumstances we do not understand. We have to decide: Will we trust in Him – even in difficult times?
“Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea (Job 11:7-9).”
“To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his (Job 12:13).”
“Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him… (Job 13:15a)”
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