God is faithful

Daily reading: Job 42:1-6
Friday August 12, 2016

Focus passage: You said, “Who is this darkening counsel without knowledge?” I have indeed spoken about things I didn’t understand, wonders beyond my comprehension. Job 42:3

Like a good parable the answer isn’t obvious. Like Job, the encounter with God leaves us with a new perspective, with an expanded understanding of God and God’s relationship not only to humans but to all of creation.
Humbling as the response is, it is not meant to belittle Job’s question in the least.  While the question of suffering and why bad things happen to people is left unanswered, Job is not left empty handed and neither are we. 

God never abandoned Job in his suffering, not once, because God is faithful.  God is right there in the midst of our suffering.  God does not abandon us, no matter what we encounter because God is faithful.

God turns Job’s focus on his inward suffering and expands his focus on the complexity and intricacy of our world.  God shows Job that while God loves him deeply, the world doesn’t revolve around him. 

Prayer:  God of the suffering Christ, I praise you for you have never abandoned me.  Your faithfulness is beyond comprehension.  Help me to accept my current reality and find your loving presence in the now.  Amen.


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