Daily Archives: January 14, 2012

JOB 14, 15, 16; Matthew 10:1-20

Job 14:14, 15 “All the days of my hard service I will wait, Till my change comes. You shall call, and I will answer You; You shall desire the work of Your hands.” – Job

Job 15:28-31 “He dwells in desolate cities, In houses which no one inhabits, Which are destined to become ruins.  He will not be rich, Nor will his wealth continue, Nor will his possessions overspread the earth.  He will not depart from darkness, The flame will dry out his branches, And by the breath of His mouth he will go away.  Let him not trust in futile things, deceiving himself, for futility will be his reward.” – Eliphaz

Job 16:21 “Oh, that one might plead for a man with God, As a man pleads for his neighbor!” – Job

Matthew 10:19-20 “But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak.  For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.”Jesus Christ

Supplication, pleading, fervently praying, depression, submission, longing for an answer – not knowing what to say, yet crying out to the only One who can give an answer.  That limbo sort of place between faith and acceptance of what may be. Like a psychrometer being swung about to pick up drops of moisture or to record dusty, dry air, I’ve arched toward the goodness of God’s merciful rain only to fling myself back into the ‘ashes to ashes and dust to dust’ despondency. So many times I go back and forth that I don’t even know what to pray. I am Job and I am Eliphaz, pleading my case and chastising myself for thinking I deserve better.  What sweetness and how grounding my Lord’s words are to me when He says that His Holy Spirit is able to speak for me. Even as I deliver myself up, I hear His voice of mercy that causes me to calm down and wait till my change comes.  Here I am, Lord, I will answer You.  All my work, good or bad, it is You that I trust can set things right.   – Me

Janet (jansuwilkinson)


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