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Daily Reading – Job 29

Job 29 resonates. Job is longing for the days when he had his family, his home, when he was respected and his opinion sought. We know from Chapter 1, none of the troubles that have fallen on Job and his family are his doing; on the contrary, he was put forward as a model of love and faith in God.

Job 21, 8-9 – Men listened to me expectantly, waiting in silence for my counsel. 8 the young men saw me and stepped aside and the old men rose to their feet; 9 the chief men refrained from speaking…10 the voices of the nobles were hushed.

Is his opinion or counsel any less valid than before?

I think it is so common. Those with money are seen as wise, those without, not.  Obviously, I was considered the former and now the latter.

1 Corinthians 3:18-20     Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”

Those who go through major tragedy are seen with pity or as cursed to be avoided. If this isn’t superstition, I don’t know what is. If we are to believe James 1:2-24, are they not to be celebrated? Those in Christ have the hand of God on them changing their lives. We are to expect long suffering; not only expect, rejoice in it. (Of course, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a long, fun, happy, joyful life.)

Are we really living the radical Christian life which we are given to live? Am I? Don’t I still want nice homes, car, women, money? Do I judge others and the validity of their opinion by the amount of money they have?

Job 29:14 I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban. Romans 13:14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

Christ is my shield, my rock, my armor. I wear him as my righteousness,,,even when I screw up!

Yep, this is all just me complaining when I should simply shut-up and take my medicine. I made lots of choices, none of them with even a thought of God. I need to cast off concern for what others think, and continue to press forward with God. He’s got my back; front and side as well.

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