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Job's Pity Party, Job 8-11
Job's friends have a few off-base things to say in today's reading,
i.e. "your children must have sinned against him, so their punishment
was well deserved", but also some good wisdom. Bildad says "He will
once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of
joy" which reminds me of the verse (that I can quote but not
reference), "weeping endures for a night but joy cometh in the
morning". And Zophar says, "if only you would prepare your heart and
lift your hands to Him in prayer!" and "Can you solve the mysteries of
God? Can you discover everything about the Almighty? Such knowledge is
higher than the heavens- and who are you?" These are great spiritual
truths. But Job is too busy feeling sorry for myself, and frankly I
don't blame him, to process any of what they say. God seems remote and
arbitrary to Job, and Job feels powerless and unmotivated to approach
God. But in the middle of his long-winded pity-party, Job makes an
absolutely profound statement. It just leaps off the page!
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Melissa is the mother of four boys and the wife of her junior high sweetheart, JD. He is the President of Joe Gibbs Racing and the son of NFL Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs. JD and Melissa have been married 16 years and are actively involved with Young Life, Motor Racing Outreach, their church, and other ministries. Their youngest son Taylor is nearing completion of a 3 year treatment protocol for leukemia, which has been a powerful faith walk for their family. Since his diagnosis, Melissa has been called upon to share their family's testimony with many local churches. Much of her energy is now focused on a huge festival planned for mid May in celebration of Taylor's victory over leukemia and in effort to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer. If you'd like to check out what she's up to while not blogging, go to www.finishlinefestival.com.
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