Job 39 – 42
Friday, December 23
In today’s reading we have the conclusion of God’s rebuttal to Job. He enumerates the detail of creation, throwing multiple examples at Job about its forethought, workings, and power. Then, the mic is dropped.
“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. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:3b-6
God gives Job a sobering reminder of who God is. Through this God does not simply restore Job, but he also uses him to intercede for his friends. When our prayer lives are focused on others, especially those who have wronged us, we are drawing closer to God. We love like Him. We forgive like Him. We are faithful like Him. Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar had to offer their own sacrifice, they had to pray for themselves, they had to change their ways, they had to make their own decision, but the devotion of a faithful friend saved them from their deserved punishment.
You too, have a friend who is interceding for you (Rom 8:34). Jesus Christ is pleading your case before God. You deserve not only death, but destruction, but God has listened to our Savior’s appeal. You still have great responsibility, but he is making it easier (Matt 11:30).
My challenge for you is to find your own three friends (like Job) to pray for. When we pray for our friends (and our enemies), acting like Job and Jesus, how much lighter can it make their burden? What consequence might we save them from? What healing or saving opportunity will God present them? (James 5:14-16). Conversely, if we do not, what are we condemning them to?
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