On the advise of some friends (they will know who they are when they read this) I read today’s verses in a different version then I normally do (I read them in NLV whereas my usual version is NIV). I was having a conversation with one of my friends the other day about how Job sometimes eludes me. I know Job’s friends were not exactly the best of friends, but now that I read these verses in the NLV I see how down right mean they were. It makes me ever so grateful that I have friends who can be honest and authentic with me without being mean.
When I think about what Job’s “friends” must have believed about who God is and what His nature is, it reminds me that there have been times when I have held similar notions. That is, God doesn’t really consider me. I’m nothing to His greatness. Take Eliphaz’s statement in chapter 22 for instance:
Can a person do anything to help God?
Can even a wise person be helpful to him?
Is it any advantage to the Almighty if you are righteous?
Would it be any gain to him if you were perfect?
Is it because you’re so pious that he accuses you
and brings judgment against you?
No, it’s because of your wickedness!
There’s no limit to your sins. Job 22: 2-5 (NLV)
Eliphaz is essentially saying that we are so insignificant that God has no use for our goodness. He only considers us in our wickedness. And that could not be farther from the truth.
I know – truly know – that God considers me. I feel Him daily working through me. I feel His joy when I glorify Him and His sadness when I disappoint Him. I used to struggle with why He considers me. After all, compared to His majesty, who am I? But I know longer dwell on it. As another writer in this blog said recently, ” I love the mystery.” I accept the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Wonderful Maker – thank you for the mystery. Thank You for considering me and blessing me with a mind and soul that can at the same time grasp the essence of You and still be in awe of You. In Jesus’ glorious name, I pray! Amen.