Assigned Reading for January 7-8: Psalms 16-20; Job 14-20
We can call this, “the lost weekend”.
I absolutely loved my journey, as I went from Psalm to Psalm on Sunday. I won’t share all of my thoughts on these Psalms, but will share a few…
Chapter 16 – In this psalm, we are able to see what it looks like to pray for God to keep us safe. The good news is, we can use this prayer as a model to help us pray for God’s protection over our lives. We can have this kind of confidence in God, and find ourselves delighting in God and His people – despite struggles.
Chapter 17 – Our aim ought to be to cry out to God, and allow His steps to be the outline for our own steps – so we are letting Him lead. Friends, let’s become doers of the Word. This was a heartfelt cry to be near to God, heard by God, and to hear and experience our great God.
Chapter 20 – I absolutely love this psalm. Out of habit, this is one of the Scriptures I tend to read and write out as I wait in doctor’s offices. It is just a very comforting psalm, and offers peace and hope. It begins with human distress and ends with the greatness of our God. God is the One who enables us to rise even when we have fallen down on hard times.
In chapters 14-20, we see Job speaking to his friends that are called “miserable comforters”. Job reminds his friends that they would likely have a different tone if they had been in his place. His friends continue to tear down him and show themselves as accusers.
Job is struggling and shamed by all and …. holding onto the truths that he does know.
A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed (Job 14:5).
You will call and I will answer you; you will long for the creature your hands have made (Job 14:15).
They feel but the pain of their own bodies
and mourn only for themselves (Job 14:22).”
I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth… I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes… How my heart yearns within me! (Job 19:25-27)
He knew: God determines our days, God calls and longs for us, and that he felt pain that had to be mourned. While we face our own difficult days, we need to learn from these Scriptures – and hold to what we know is true about God.
May this be our goal too –
“yet my hands have been free of violence and my prayer is pure (Job 16:17).“
When we face deep struggles, our faith is revealed for what it is. There is no pretending, because the mask comes off. Others see us as we truly are.