Job 11

Job 11 brings the words of the third friend – Zophar – to Job.  These guys have been around for a while now and are starting to give some strong opinions on what the issues are.  Zophar asks a great question that I think we all need to consider and accept as truth: “Do you think you can explain the mystery of God?  Do you think you can diagram God Almighty”?  As humans we tend to want to try and explain God in light of what we know and understand.  We want to put Him in the box we are comfortable with.  But that is not the reality of the God of the universe.  Zophar gets it right when he says “God is far higher than you can imagine, far deeper than you can comprehend”.  We always want to understand why things happen.  We want to be able to explain the situation.  Sometimes, maybe even often, that just isn’t going to be the case.  We don’t see what God sees.  We don’t know what God knows.  Our perspective is far too short and too limited to understand or comprehend.  That is where we have to fall back on the trust and obey part of our faith.  That is when we have to chose to let God be God and we take our rightful place as one who follows Him.

 

Zophar also gives us some thoughts about the impact of life.  It is the classic “if-then” scenario.  If “you set your heart on God and reach out to him….scrub your hands of sin and refuse to entertain evil in your home” then some good things happen.  It doesn’t talk about understanding or comprehending or explaining anything here.  It is about how we live and the relationship we have with the Father.  God cares about our heart, not what we know in our head.  He cares about how we live in relationship with Him.  And a big part of that is the choice we make in dealing with evil and the temptations that the enemy will hurl our way.  We have to resist and refuse to entertain sin.  We have to walk humbly with our God.  When we do we can “forget our troubles…..be washed in sunshine….relax….sit back and take it easy”.  Does that describe every moment – probably not.  But it does tell us that how we live matters.  It tells us that there is a cause and effect that is based on our relationship with God.  It tells us that we need to focus on being in fellowship with Him.  We need to walk with God moment by moment and stay plugged in.  That is the key to avoiding a “dead end road with nothing to look forward to”. 

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