1/8/2018 Job Chapters 17-20
Well, when reading these passages my emotions go from total emptiness to joy — maybe a little like Job’s were doing & that we face in our own lives. In Job 19:17-20 I feel the emptiness:
17 My breath is offensive to my wife;
I am loathsome to my own family.
18 Even the little boys scorn me;
when I appear, they ridicule me.
19 All my intimate friends detest me;
those I love have turned against me.
20 I am nothing but skin and bones;
I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth.
However just a few verses later in Job 19:25-27 I feel Job’s faith and elation (and maybe a good verse for a song …)
25 I know that my redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand on the earth.
26 And after my skin has been destroyed,
yet in my flesh I will see God;
27 I myself will see him
with my own eyes—I, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!
It is always a challenge to remain on an “even keel” through life’s challenges – but we can take heart in Job.