Job tells us how far he has sunk; essentially from above royalty…
“When I went out to the gate of the city… The princes stopped talking And put their hands on their mouths” Job 29:7, 9
to how he is treated now, the lowest of humankind.
“Fools… were scourged from the land. And now I have become their taunt, I have even become a byword to them. They abhor me and stand aloof from me, And they do not refrain from spitting at my face.” Job 30:8-10
Where are you?
Why are you putting me through this?
What have I done?
I get that; the dejection, the loneliness, the agony and despair. It is so difficult for us to see God’s plan especially in the middle of our struggle.
The other night on Survivor (Season 25 Episode 4), one of the contestants, Russell, displayed Job’s feelings perfectly when his tribe lost the immunity challenge for the fourth straight time. With each loss, a team member must be voted off and what started out as a tribe of six will be now become, after this loss and tribal council vote, a tribe of two.
Russell loses it. He smashes a pot ranting and raving; “Lord I don’t get it! You gave me another opportunity. I don’t get what’s happening, Father. You gotta’ help me understand this.”
He has had it, he’s at point break. He feels he has done everything God has asked of him; placed his faith in Him, lives his life for Him, does everything to the best of his ability and yet he’s still being punished.
The desperation Russell is feeling echoes Job exactly. Job lived a blameless life, now he’s human and certainly not perfect, but he has made good choices so why is God punishing him?
“Show me where I have sinned so I can change it,” he says. “If I did wrong, then punishment is justified,” he admits. The whole theme of chapter 31 is:
I don’t deserve this!!
I beg to differ.
We are frail, terribly imperfect and sinful creatures, who in every turn naturally choose what’s best for ourselves, and yet God still works through us.
“You owe me nothing, I deserve hell. You owe me nothing but You’ve given me mercy.”
Are you lifting up desperate pleas?
Are you questioning God and His plan for your life?
We don’t deserve Him or an eternity with Him but He offers it to us anyway.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Don’t wait another day. See for yourself what real love looks like.
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with friends like these… [Job 4-25 reflections]
Are Job’s Friends All That Bad? [Job 1-2]
Are you a drama queen? [Job 3]
Shut don’t go up… [Job 7]
The beauty of a collector [Job 9]
You know what happens when you ASS-U-ME [Job 1-9 reflections]
Liar, liar, pants on fire! [Job 11]
Look around! [Job 12-13]
Put up your dukes! [Job 15]
Sticks and stones… [Job 18]
I pity the fool… [Job 20-21]
I am with you always. [Job 23-24]
Show Some Compassion! [Job 25-28]
Woe is me! [Job 29]