Job’s world is increasingly turned upside down. He is confused. In the middle of Job’s pain and sorrow, while appealing to God for an audience, he accuses God of creating a chaotic world—one in which it seems as if righteousness is no longer rewarded and evil goes unpunished. …
Job not only gets his desired audience with God but also comes to the realization that God’s creation is beautifully ordered. This encounter with God and Job’s renewed vision of God lead him from desolation to consolation. He now knows that human beings are not at the center of God’s creation. We each have a divine calling to play an active role in God’s world, but God remains in control of God’s creation. There is freedom in knowing that truth.
—Stephane Brooks, The Upper Room Disciplines 2021: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.
You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.’
My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
—Job 42:3-5 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, day after day, grant me the desire to remain in your way and to lean on you for all things. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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