• “Listening to God” Bible Reading & Devotion: February 25, 2020 – Job 36

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    CHAPTER 36 (ESV)

    1 And Elihu continued, and said:

     

    2 “Bear with me a little, and I will show you,

    for I have yet something to say on God's behalf.

    3 I will get my knowledge from afar

    and ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

    4 For truly my words are not false;

    one who is perfect in knowledge is with you.

     

    5 “Behold, God is mighty, and does not despise any;

    he is mighty in strength of understanding.

    6 He does not keep the wicked alive,

    but gives the afflicted their right.

    7 He does not withdraw his eyes from the righteous,

    but with kings on the throne

    he sets them forever, and they are exalted…

     

    15 He delivers the afflicted by their affliction

    and opens their ear by adversity.

    16 He also allured you out of distress

    into a broad place where there was no cramping,

    and what was set on your table was full of fatness.

     

    REFLECTION:

    Chapters 36 to 37:20 is Elihu's fourth speech. Elihu was rude to point out that Job should not be disrespectful of God's words and want to argue with God. However, we should not forget that our purpose is not to blame people, but to build people up and help them turn from mistakes. Elihu talked eloquently, as if he knew everything God did. Although his speech has merits, he lacks love for people and fear of God. People's understanding of God is just a drop in the ocean. One of the themes of biblical wisdom literature is that God cannot be fully known and we cannot fully understand Him. Through the Bible we can know who God is, how to know Him, and how to establish an eternal relationship with Him, but what we know is not always enough to make us understand all of life’s confusion. There are always more questions in life than answers. There are many mysteries that God has deliberately hidden from us in order to benefit us. We must be in awe and constantly ask God to give us deeper wisdom and confidence to face the difficulties in life.

     

    PRAYER:

    Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell you. As you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions, words, names, drawings, or anything that comes to your mind into your devotional journal.

     

    HYMN:

     

    Perfect Wisdom of Our God - m.youtube.com/watch?v=hSnzYnOe6kI

     

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