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Hoping Still

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Hoping Still

Job 27:7-12
“Let my enemy be as the wicked,
and let him who rises up against me be as the unrighteous.
8 For what is the hope of the godless when God cuts him off,
when God takes away his life?
9 Will God hear his cry
when distress comes upon him?
10 Will he take delight in the Almighty?
Will he call upon God at all times?
11 I will teach you concerning the hand of God;
what is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
12 Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves;
why then have you become altogether vain?”

The Story: Would Job continue to cry out to God if he was really guilty? Hardly. Those whose lives have followed a course contrary to the will of God cannot expect Him to hear their prayers. And it’s not likely they would “delight” in seeking Him or hearing from Him. Certainly they would not, like Job, “call upon God at all times”. His friends have got him and God all wrong, and Job is ramping up for what he intends to be a pointed theology lesson about the ways of the Deity. If only he knew how pointed it would be. Job is still hoping in God, and that’s a strong proof that, he is still right with God . Sooner or later, Job insists, God will answer what is beginning to sound like a demand rather than a request.

The Structure: In one sense the conversations with his friends has been good for Job. By rejecting their view regarding his predicament, he has had to review his relationship with God and his understanding of the ways of God. It’s always good for us to do that. Even adversity can be turned to good when it leads us to cling tenaciously to God and to renew our hearts and minds in Him.

What does it mean to “take delight in the Almighty”? How does one do that? What effects might one expect this to have on his everyday life?

Job

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