Scripture Read: Job 40 - 42
Title: Job Responds and Repents
(H) Highlight verse:: "I know you can do all things .and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted... ...therefore I despise myself, and repent in the dust and ashes Job 42:1. 6)
(E) Explain: These are key chapters in the book of Job, because it is in these chapters that Job responds to God in the only way He can... in humility and repentance. He acknowledges that his bellyaching is unwarranted and unjustified. He informs God that he was taken his rebuke to heart and admits that he was wrong, and now he is just going to shut up.
However, God wasn't finished with his rebuke. He picks up where He left off and continues to give Job perspective to His sovereignty and power. God uses some very strong images of Behemoth and Leviathan to how small Job is.
Job owns up to his wrong-doing and repents of his disobedience. God shows mercy to Job. He lovingly restores Jobs fortune, family and faith. He also declares that he will deal harshly with Jobs friends, but because of Jobs intercession God spares them. The conclusion of Job shines brightly God's grace, love, and loving-kindness.
(A) Application: A phrase that comes to mind when I read these concluding chapters is, "God, you be God and I will be quiet." I believe wholeheartedly that God is trustworthy. I believe He is sovereign. I believe God knows what He is doing. But, sometimes
(R) Respond: Lord, I know I moan and groan, complain and whine, blame and accuse you so often that I need to be reminded that I am not in charge. I know know it all. In fact I know very little when it comes to your plans and purposes for my life and future. May I be humbled and encouraged as you lovingly remind me that You got this... there is no need to worry.
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