Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you? Job 7:20
MAY 26 - Job 7:17-21
Job defied all odds. God said of him, “There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil” (Job 1:8). Yet Job was chosen to suffer a series of losses that defied all odds. Of all people on earth, Job had reason to beg for an answer. It’s all there for us to read in chapter after chapter of his desperate struggle to understand, “Why me?”
Job’s story gives us a way of responding to the mystery of unexplained pain and evil. By describing the suffering and confusion of one of God’s best examples of goodness and mercy (ch. 25), we gain an alternative to the inflexible rule of sowing and reaping (4:7–8). By providing a backstory of satanic mayhem (ch. 1) and an afterword (42:7–17) from the God who would one day allow His Son to bear our sins, the story of Job gives us reason to live by faith rather than sight.
How do you feel about a God who sometimes allows suffering without explanation? How does the story of Job help you understand this? God of creation, Giver of life, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, please help us to trust You more than our own eyes and hearts.
Our Church's 56th Anniversary is this month. Due to Covid-19, we are unable to celebrate as we normally would. However God has been good to us for 56 years. For this in itself, is enough to give God the Praise. Through it all we have learned to trust and depend on the Lord. After all we have been through, we still have Joy. Let us continue to pray and support our church during this month of celebration as you have done in the past. And may we pray for one another and our country. For God is our Deliverer and Restorer. We are still fond of saying, Mt. Zion is a Safe Haven and you can get to Heaven from here.
Dr. James B. Darling, Jr., Pastor/Teacher
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You must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always. Hosea 12:6, NIV
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