Job Let God Be God

Handwritten page from the book of Job chapter 41 verse 3 through chapter 42 verse 8.
Job 41:3-42:8

Synopsis     Job 41:3-42:8     8/4/2021 

In response to Job’s complaints, God spoke a long discourse. In this, he challenged Job’s claims. Unlike his friends, Job did not make wrong claims about God. Instead, he failed to understand the essentially mysterious nature of God.  

Once he realized this, he repented. He recognized that he had been speculating on “things to wonderful for me”. And he promised not to do so again.  

However, God remained angered by Eliphaz and the other friends. And so, because they had spoken poorly of God, he directed them to make a sacrificial offering. And he directed them to ask Job to pray for them. 

Job Let God Be God 

Job learned that God’s mysterious nature cannot be reduced to something easily understood.  

Let God Be God 

I have seven children. And though I’ve lived with them most every day of their lives, I cannot say that I entirely comprehend any one of them. I suspect this is more than my inability to understand psychology.  

We are, each of us, unique in a way that is only known to God. This is the essential mystery of personhood.  

So, in the same way that a parent eventually learns to allow a child to be who they are, allow God to be God. Allow God to mysterious and wonderful in your understanding.  

“Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the victor I shall give some of the hidden manna – I shall also give a white amulet upon which is inscribed a new name, which no one knows except the one who receives it.” Rev 2:17 

August 4, 2021

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