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Wooing From The Jaws Of Distress Job 36:16 NIV

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"From Distress to Divine Revelation: A Journey through Job's Wisdom"


Today, I dove into the book of Job, specifically Chapters 31-42. Historically, I haven't found joy in reading Job due to its heavy, sad events. Typically, I'd skip to the end for the happy resolution. However, today was different; curiosity led me to explore the in-between chapters, unveiling unexpected revelations.

 

In Chapter 32:6, a young man named Elihu, filled with the Holy Spirit, corrected Job harshly, exposing Job's lack of faith. As I continued reading, Chapter 35 struck me deeply, bringing tears of conviction. It felt as if God leaped from the pages, challenging me in ways I hadn't anticipated.

 


The first 30 years of my life mirrored Job's extreme disappointment. Through my wellness journey, God illuminated my path, helping me overcome a dark, negative mindset. It wasn't God who changed; it was my perception. Today, I realized the doubt-laden statements I regularly repeated were unknowingly casting shadows on my faith.


Job 35:13-14 (AMP)

“Surely God will not listen to an empty cry [which lacks trust], Nor will the Almighty regard it. Even though you say that you do not see Him, yet your case is before Him, and you must wait for Him!”


I evaluated these verses in various translations, concordances, and commentaries, realizing I had doubted God unknowingly for years. Statements like "God isn't answering me because He doesn't care" or "When will I see God's hand move?" painted a false picture of God.


Verse 14 says, 'And you must wait for Him!' How many times do we fill our mouths, saying it's all in God's hands, as if we are waiting on Him like He isn't already acting on our behalf? The way this spoke to me is with the conviction that I must see what He has already done and what He is already doing. Whatever my eyes can't see, I choose to believe that if He promised, He will fulfill it.

 

Each of these statements of doubt questioned God Almighty, making Him appear as a liar, fake, and a dead God. I acknowledge my error, publicly repent, and commit to eliminating these statements from my vocabulary. I choose to focus on strengthening my faith, shifting from seeking to understand the 'what, when, and how' to focusing solely on the 'WHO.' My God, who spoke to Job and spoke to me today, desires the best at the right time and season for me.


As Job declared in Chapter 42:2-6:

“I know that you can do all things.

no purpose of yours can be thwarted [opposed].

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.

Therefore, I despise myself

and repent in dust and ashes.”


Today, I understand this truth with God's knowledge, and I hope you, too, find blessings in this revelation. To God be the glory!



 

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