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Read Job 23:1-9 & 16-17


Tuesday

Read Job 23:1-9 & 16-17

23 1–2I still rebel and complain against God;
I can’t hold back my groaning.
3How I wish I knew where to find him,
and knew how to go where he is.
4I would state my case before him
and present all the arguments in my favour.
5I want to know what he would say
and how he would answer me.
6Would God use all his strength against me?
No, he would listen as I spoke.
7I am honest; I could reason with God;
he would declare me innocentw once and for all.
8I have searched in the east, but God is not there;
I have not found him when I searched in the west.
9God has been at work in the north and the south,
but still I have not seen him.

16–17Almighty God has destroyed my courage.
It is God, not the dark, that makes me afraid—
even though the darkness has made me blind.

Think

The book of Job tells the story of Job who is afflicted with terrible calamities. His friends try to advise him on what to do; they invite him to repent and get his life straight - they believe he is being punished.
Job simply longs for an audience with God - he spends a long time issuing his complaints against God... Why is there so much injustice?  Why do good people suffer?  His friends offer bad advice.
Finally in Chapter 38 God answers.
The answer is not a quick and easy explanation - but an appeal to Job to recognize that God is God.

Pray

When my experiences lead me away from you and the darkness seems to overwhelm me.  Help me to remember who you are; and your love for me.

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