I have drafted 4 different posts for this read. Each one I sounded like I was Eliphaz, Bildad, or Zophar. So in the end I deleted them (I wish they had…this was a long 2 weeks). We have chosen to read the Bible, not to be in a Bible study. We don’t need a commentary, or a video, or workbook. God’s word is all we need. Last night I was texting with Lucas, an accountability partner, on my “take” on God’s response. If I shared my thoughts it might take away from what God wanted to say to you. So I won’t.
I pray that you read this book and walked away different. If God is in control, do we need to question “Why”. As a human, I always will. What I walked away with, it is OK to ask why. It is not OK to demand why, or to seek other sources of authority to try to figure it out. But I know in my heart that I may not know the reason for everything that happens, but when I am listening to God, I have a Peace about all circumstances. When I listen to anyone else I am unsettled.
“ My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.”
You will never be the same if you stick with this commitment to read through the entire Bible. My favorite verse in today’s read was 42:8:
My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.
Grace. He will NOT deal with me according to my folly.
So where is Jesus on this page. (He is on every page!)
8 So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves.
Remember back in Genesis 3, we saw God provide a substitute for your death when he sacrificed an animal to cover Adam and Eve’s nakedness (sin). Elihu stated in chapter 33:27 “I have sinned, I have perverted what is right, but I did not get what I deserved”. Jesus took my death for me. From the creation there was always a substitute provided for you, the 3 friends’ sins were covered (atoned) by God’s ultimate plan of offering a substitute for them. In this case, the blood was shed in the form of burnt offering.
Jesus is on every page.