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Lemme At ‘im

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Lemme At ‘im!

Job 23:1-7
Then Job answered and said:
2 “Today also my complaint is bitter;
my hand is heavy on account of my groaning.
3 Oh, tthat I knew where I might find him,
that I might come even to his seat!
4 I would lay my case before him
and fill my mouth with arguments.
5 I would know what he would answer me
and understand what he would say to me.
6 Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power?
No; he would pay attention to me.
7 There an upright man could argue with him,
and I would be acquitted forever by my judge.”

The Story: There is both a right and a wrong aspect to where Job has come. He’s right to be seeking the Lord, to want to engage His presence, hear His voice speaking wisdom to him, and to gain the comfort that only God can give. But he’s wrong to believe that his being able fully to understand his situation, in the same way God does, is what he deserves in life. God has made us to know things, but we must learn to be content with the limits of what we can know, let God be God, and learn to rest in Him and His sovereign goodness (cf. Eccl. 3:11). Verses 6 and 7 give us a look at Job’s heart: God had better listen to me! He owes me, an upright man, a full explanation and acquittal. Well, no.

The Structure: Paul reminded us that bad company corrupts good morals (1 Cor. 15:33). Job has let the attitude and reasoning of Eliphaz and the others get to him, and now he’s beginning to sound more like them than like the most righteous man of the East.

How can you tell when you might be crossing the line between seeking the Lord and making demands of Him?


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