Lenten Reflection for April 11

Scriptures for today

  • Psalm 31:9-16
  • Job 13:13-19
  • Philippians 1:21-30

Water lily photoJob 13: 13-19

I think this passage expresses how frustrated Job is with his present circumstances of hopelessness, loss, impoverishment and illness. He is depicted by the author as ranting to a friend, but it could also be his “inside voice” in debate with God. He perceives that God has punished him for a transgression, and here is claiming that he is ready to challenge God. I seems to me that Job must have felt that he was taking a huge risk in challenging God about his circumstances, if he believed that God controlled all these things in his life.

It is not part of this passage, but the ending of the book of Job says to me that Job’s challenge to God was not punished. (It seems similar to a child feeling comfortable and secure enough with their parent’s love and affection to challenge their ideas). This is reassuring.

The book of Job also says to me that part of being human is that sometimes bad things happen to good people, and vice versa. It also says that in spite of circumstances, we need to remain faithful, not blaming God as an excuse.  ♥

by Maureen Johnson

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