“Mom,” my younger daughter asked, “can you read these directions to me?”
No, don’t think it’s cute. Kid can read. It’s not cute anymore …now, it’s laziness.
“You know how to read them,” I point out, “you just don’t feel like it.”
I heard the compliant seat-settling from the other end of the house, and a mumbling sound of directions being read. She’s right on the fringe of being a super grown up kid …and she’s not quite sure how she feels about it. She still wants to need me, sometimes.
Today’s verse states how powerful and magnificent God is. Job is wrestled, knowing God could have ended His suffering in a heartbeat if it would have been s in His omnipotent will, too. Which he also wrestles with …why it was in God’s will for Him to suffer? Why was he allowed to suffer unjustly?
“Why won’t you just read me the directions, mom?!” came an entitled bark from a tiny desk chair.
“Because I believe you can, and it’s time you do.” I simply state.
There are times throughout Job’s massive wrestle with suffering that He was on the fringe of something …
“If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay hi hand upon us both, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would fritter me no more. Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot.” Job 9: 33-35
On the fringe.
But we know this side of the Gospel what Job was not privy to in Old Testament life.
How many times has God answered my “can’t you just do this” prayer with “I believe you can get through it, and it’s time you do.”
Father, Praise You for being here, and planting the hope of Jesus throughout the entire Old Testament …and our lives. Thank You for the way Your word weaves in and out of our lives like the perfect song …with us every chord. Forgive us for turning a blind ear to your wisdom, and being lazily disobedient with tasks You charge us to. Bless us and heal us and equip us with godly confidence, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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