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Job 23:13, 14
“But he is unchangeable, and who can turn him back?
What he desires, that he does.
14 For he will complete what he appoints for me,
and many such things are in his mind.”

The Story: Job is a man of true faith. He acknowledges the sovereignty of God and confesses that He does what He wants, and no one can oppose or challenge Him. But hold on: Isn’t this what Job is in the process of doing? We sometimes confess a better faith than we live. We’re no different from Job. We believe that God is sovereign, wise, and good, yet we fail to give Him thanks and praise when trials befall us. Instead, we look heavenward and wonder, “Why?” Why? Because God is sovereign and wise and good, that’s why. This is what Job confesses here. It’s what he’ll experience and come to rest in soon. God has many things in mind for us, and we cannot possibly understand them all. Best that we learn to know Him, and to rest in His unfolding sovereign grace.

The Structure: People of faith are not perfect, not even the best of them. It should not be difficult either for us to confess our sins when necessary or to rest in God when no explanations are at hand. But we hold on to our sins, for whatever reason, and we wallow in misery and anxiety rather than trust in God. Job did the same, because Job was a real person, a real human being, just like you and me.

Suggest some ways to keep from falling into self-pity or despair whenever trials fall upon us.


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The Worldview Bible examines the teaching of Scripture according to the Story and Structure of Truth – the Framework of Christian Worldview – using only other Scriptures for illumination. Information about The Framework of Truth is available on this site. Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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