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Sunrise over Mountains


Job 32:1-34:37

Reading Time: 15-20 Minutes


with Krista Smith  (6 minutes)

jan 28, 2023




…Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord. ~Job 1:21


People frequently question, "Where is God?" This question generally comes from the position of requesting God's assistance in carrying out our plans but realizing that He failed to jump to attention at our call. Many want God to be their "Yes Man" and prefer to lead rather than be led. We may find ourselves late for an appointment though we calculated the timing of our drive just right, we were detoured, we got a flat tire, we had traffic that couldn’t have been predicted, and in the process we get upset. Have you ever considered that God might be intervening to prevent some danger that might have occurred if we had remained on that course that we had planned, if we had been on time?

We read in Job 33:14-18, For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it. He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds. He whispers in their ears and terrifies them with warnings. He makes them turn from doing wrong; he keeps them from pride. He protects them from the grave, from crossing over the river of death. Realizing this, our delays and interruptions should be seen as a blessing rather than an annoyance. God is often working behind the scenes for our good. I am so grateful for all of the things that God has spared me from that I am oblivious to. We have no idea what the Lord has kept us from in His mercy and protection.  We find an explanation for why many of these delays and sometimes even near death experiences are so important in 33:23-28, “But if an angel from heaven appears—a special messenger to intercede for a person and declare that he is upright— he will be gracious and say, ‘Rescue him from the grave, for I have found a ransom for his life.’ Then his body will become as healthy as a child’s, firm and youthful again.  When he prays to God, he will be accepted. And God will receive him with joy and restore him to good standing. He will declare to his friends, ‘I sinned and twisted the truth, but it was not worth it.[a] God rescued me from the grave, and now my life is filled with light.’


Here is the gospel message hidden in the middle of Elihu's argument. For as he said there is One who has delivered us from the Pit, who has redeemed us by paying our ransom, and His name is Jesus Christ. We read in 2 Corinthians 5:17, 21, :"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new...For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."

Our entire life should be seen in two sections: our lives before coming to Christ and our lives after coming to Christ. Before Christ whenever we survived those near-death experiences, He graciously preserved us until that time in which we made a decision to become His children. Our death before this would have meant eternal condemnation and separation in Hell. After coming to Christ, we should see our lives as one large opportunity before we one day get to live with Him throughout eternity. Delays should not be seen as irritations but as redirected opportunities. Seeing life through this lens will enable us to experience God's continuous stream of blessings, realizing His plans are always better than our plans. We read in Isaiah 55:8-9, "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts,"'


"The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.'” - Billy Graham

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