Jan. 21, 2012- Sat. afternoon -“Keep on keeping on!!!”–Mema JeanneSince I have struggled with what to share, I went back to notes from our past two years of study with Wendy Pope. In 2010, our title was “Forget God.” In Job 9: 9-13, Job cannot see or hear God. Aren’t we sometimes like that?? We know but we don’t feel. In vs. 21-24 Job seems to be very angry with God–God has control of us, but does he laugh at us? “ What’s the use of trying” in v. 29. In Job 8: 11-13, we questioned how someone who has had a relationship with God could choose to “forget” God. Then in all the negativism of words, we actually know the promise of the foreshadowing in 9:33: “If only there were a mediator between us, someone who could bring us together.” Now, I fast forward to comments made by 3 gals on the reading for Jan. 21, 2010:
Lori-” Through our trials, God’s grace can be manifested in us as a witness to the world of God’s power and grace. Trial after trial, God gives Job a deeper spiritual insight. His friends lacked compassion as well as spiritual insight, but not Job; he had integrity and feared God. (Job 1:1)
Morgen- Why do assume we are exempt from such things, when Jesus, God’s own Son, who did NOTHING wrong, came and suffered even worse things that Job? Who am I?
G&P- Job 8:4 –M. Henry states that “we and our children have sinned agst. God, and we ought to justify Him in all He brings upon us and ours; but extraordinary afflictions are always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces…”
Morgen–found a commentary about 9:23-24- this was Job’s opinion that was stated; he was suffering so and very frustrated, so he was stating his personal feelings. Later, Job repents of what he said.
So, ladies, from 2 years ago, you have basically stated my concerns still today when I read this text.
From our reading in 2011, I have 3 pages of notes, but didn’t write down any comments from the posters. Wendy’s title was “Closing our tents to iniquity” based on Job 11:14. We again went over about forgetting God, and what we must do to keep our paths from leading us to forget God ( Prov. 3:5-6).
“Don’t white knuckle my iniquities. Leave them behind. They crowd my tent.”
From going back over these past 2 years and this year’s reading the same scripture, I have come to the conclusion that since God’s Word never changes, it is us who change from year to year, month to month, sometimes from day to day or hour to hour. We change for various reasons, and yet His Word is powerful in producing HOW we will use His promises for us. We change because of events that take place in our life, because we have been hurt or damaged, because we have lost someone so very special in our lives, because we’ve just had enough at work, at home, at school, etc., because our loved ones are choosing not to have a relationship with God. Regardless of all the things that bring discontent, anger, or frustration into our life, one fact still remains: I KNOW MY REDEEMER LIVES !!!!!!!!!!! That Redeemer holds true to His Word and that Word is the only constant in our lives. When we forget God, when our confidence hangs by a thread, we are leaning on a spider’s web (fragile life), vvs. 13-15, when we ask ourselves as Job did in 9:29-”What’s the use of trying?” We have the same answer for every circumstance in our life: v.33 “If only there were a mediator between us, someone who could bring us together.” We know that we know that that Mediator is the Holy Spirit which lives in our very hearts and souls. We change because of circumstances; He never changes and He is faithful to us through His Word. We know that time after time that Holy Spirit gets us through the sins of our daily walk, the trials, the deaths, the confusion, the disappointments of life. When we keep trying and trusting Him, we have the promises of what happens when we get rid of our sins and as a result of leaving all iniquity behind us: (Job 11:14-19)
Our faces will brighten with innocence
We will be strong and free of fear
We will forget our misery
Our life will be brighter that the noonday
We will have courage
We will be protected
We will rest in safety
We will lie down unafraid
Many will look to us for help
Our hope is found in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior!!!
I am asking myself: When was it in my life that He brighten my face, when was a time when I felt strong and free of fear, what misery have I forgotten that I thought I never could forget, how has my life been brighter since…..,when did I feel His courage when I had none of my own, do I remember a specific time of His protection for me or for my loved ones, how many times have I felt safe b/c I knew that He never leaves me, how many times have prayer and meditation on Him brought me rest to be able to sleep, and how are we going to share this Savior with those who look to us for help?? Lots of things to consider, but we have His everlasting love and His God-breathed scripture to help us to keep on keeping on!
I will keep on trying,