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:

1My 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.

1 comment

  • Artie Shaffer

    In this brief appeal to God, Job prays that his friends’ arguments will not prevail. Job declares that the most disdainful act a person could commit is to heap scorn and shame on someone who is suffering. Job, and other righteous people who find themselves in a similar situation, must remain righteous.

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