Thursday, June 10, 2010

If you lack FAITH you are in good company

I am so glad that God chose to tell the story of Job in His Word. Not because its the easiest book to read it certainly isn't. But it is a gut wrenching honest warts and all journey of a man through some amazing difficult circumstances.

Through his discussions with his "friends" we get the opportunity to see some of the battles that are going on in his mind trying to answer that elusive question - WHY? It is a question that can have you searching in some dark places and asking some pretty tough questions.

Job 23 is a classic example. He starts out ready to face up God and tell him what God was doing to him (Wrong assumption) was not fair.

God has no right to treat me like this— it isn’t fair! -v1

I’ve followed him closely, my feet in his footprints, not once swerving from his way.
I’ve obeyed every word he’s spoken, and not just obeyed his advice—I’ve treasured it. - v 11 & 12

His religious mind told him that he DESERVED better.

Then in v13 he argues with himself by saying:

But he is singular and sovereign. Who can argue with him? - v 13

And he ends the chapter totally confused.

I’m completely in the dark, I can’t see my hand in front of my face. - v 17

Somehow we see doubt and questions as bad in church. We seem to want to fast track people to "faith". In the words of the song: "Its the climb, keep the faith." By facing up to our doubts and questions and wrestling them through with God we will arrive at a refined faith.


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