1/7/2018 Job Chapters 14-16

Wow, without knowing the full plan of God in some of these verses Job’s words can depress me, particularly Chapter 14:10-12:
10 But a man dies and is laid low;
    he breathes his last and is no more.
11 As the water of a lake dries up
    or a riverbed becomes parched and dry,
12 so he lies down and does not rise;
    till the heavens are no more, people will not awake
    or be roused from their sleep.

And then at one of his “lowest” points in Chapter 16:19-21 we see that Job’s faith and that he is aware that he does have a heavenly witness to his faithfulness and an advocate with God.

Even now my witness is in heaven;
    my advocate is on high.
20 My intercessor is my friend[a]
    as my eyes pour out tears to God;
21 on behalf of a man he pleads with God
    as one pleads for a friend

Our lesson – no matter how dark the day may appear we are “children of light” and we have access to the heavenly witness and intercessor.

1 comment

  • missliz

    I see Job trying as best he can to make sense of what has happened to him. One moment he is blaming God, after all, he is sovereign Lord and the next moment he is remembering that it is God himself who is his only hope. I think it is part of the grieving process to try to discover the truth in a situation when the truth may never be known. I know God hears even when he doesn’t seem to answer. He is never indifferent to what we are feeling. Like Job, if I have sinned, I’m glad God bundles it up and throws it away. It didn’t make Job feel better to talk about it or to remain quiet about it. Those are the days you get up and walk quietly through.

    Meanwhile, his friends just pile it on…

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