Job 24-28: Respite!

Some of you have been looking for something positive in Job.  You will find it in today’s reading.  In chapter 25 Bildad focuses on God’s power and justice. Job has no problem with God’s power.  In fact, he spends all of chapter 26 expressing God’s greatness.  Verses 5-6 he talks about God’s ability to see into everything, even the realm of the dead (the implication being that if he sees into the land of the dead, then God surely knows what is happening in the land of the living).  Verses 7-13 talk about God’s creation and control of everything, from the heavens to the earth to the waters.

The interesting thing about chapter 26 is verse 14: “These are but the fringes of His ways; how faint is the word we hear of Him!  Who can understand His mighty thunder?”  While Bildad saw these things as the full expression of God’s power, Job recognizes that everything we see of God in creation is but a whisper, the slightest of shadows of His true power and presence.  When it comes to knowing God, it is safest to think, as Weirsbe puts it: “The more we learn about God, the more we discover how much more there is to know!”

Then in chapter 28 Job takes us on a journey to answer the question: “where can wisdom be found?”  It can’t be mined (vs 1-11), it can’t be bought (vs 12-19), it only comes from God (vs 28), it only comes from a loving reverence for God.

So there are two positives as we work our way toward the end of Job for us to chew on for today.

  • What was familiar from this passage of scripture?  What was something I already knew?
  •  What was new from this piece of scripture?  What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
  •  How does this passage apply to my life, here and now?  Do I need to do anything about it?
  •  What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?

Tomorrow’s Reading: 29-31

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