If anyone deserves blessings, Job does. Yet one day God puts him to the test. Raiders sweep his fields; his livestock are captured or destroyed; his servants are put to the sword; a house collapses on his sons and daughters and kills them all. Disease strikes him, and he is covered with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head.
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For days they sit with him in silence, seeing how greatly he suffers. Finally Job can contain himself no longer. In a torrent of grief and protest, he cries, wishing that he had never lived. The terrible curse demeans all the previous good in his life; it implies that his joy, his home, his peace, and the lives of his children had never meant a thing, just because now they are gone. On and on they lecture him; they cannot scold enough. Suffering, they say, is punishment for sin.
The greater the sin, the greater the suffering.
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Since Job is in agony, he must have done something terrible to deserve it. Obviously, then, he is covering up. He only pretends to be just; he is really a hypocrite. If only he would confess and take his punishment, God would forgive him and relent — but instead, like a fool, he complains. To hear these accusations is unbearable to Job.
He rages in grief, defending himself and denouncing his friends. Against God, his complaints are even more bitter — and inconsistent. One moment he wants God to leave him alone, the next moment he wants Him to listen. One moment he declares himself guiltless, the next moment he admits that no man is. Yet through it all, he insists that his suffering is undeserved, and he demands that God give him a hearing. In the end, Job gets his hearing. God answers from the heart of the whirlwind. Meeting God turns out to be nothing like just hearing about Him.
But Job is satisfied. There are two amazing things about this face-off. The first is that God never explains to Job the reason for his suffering. Can he bind the stars of the constellations? Job has challenged the Creator of the mind, but does he comprehend even the mind of the ostrich?
He sides with Job. It seems impossible. But there cannot be any mistake. Even though God humbles Job, not once does He express anger toward him. Yet toward his friends, God declares that His anger blazes out. He says that He will not forgive them until Job has prayed for them.
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And why? Job What truth could Job have spoken?
Not all suffering is our fault. We do bring some suffering upon ourselves: Adulterers destroy their homes, drunks their livers, wasters their wealth. Yet the innocent suffer too. In His justice, God understands that this will seem unjust to us. Instead, He visits us, as He visited Job. Is He not God? Indeed, He is the only possible answer. Though we find ourselves buried in a deeper dark than night, from the midst of the whirlwind, He speaks.
He only watches. In all our thoughts about suffering, we have sidestepped the main issue and focused on the secondary issue. To be frank, we human beings are wrecks. The external troubles that we blame on God are the least of our suffering. Something worse is wrong with us, and it is wrong with us inside.
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We not only do wrong, but call it right. Even the good things in us become polluted. We may long to love purely, but our desires turn into idols that control us. Could you perform surgery on your own eyes? How could you see to do it? Suppose you tore off both hands; could you sew them back on?
Without hands, how could you hold the instruments? Our sin-sickness is something like that. Many philosophies teach about right and wrong with pretty fair accuracy. However true, no mere philosophy can do that. Our cancer requires more than a philosophy.
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In Jesus, God suffered. That was why He became one of us — to suffer for us. I can never leave you For if I were to leave you ever Where would I go? Where could I go? With you is the Word, With you is the Light O friend of friends. How can I go away? You are the only song I hear How could I then sing?
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Could I ever leave you? You are the Word of eternal love Are you not Truth?
Are you not Whole? You are me myself, I forever you O friend of friends. From the Heart - Scott Kalechstein. Let me feel what is real Let me heal what is not Let me live every moment coming straight from the heart. All I really want is an open heart All I really need is an open heart I have an endless supply of love in my heart. A child's faith is all I need Live every moment coming straight from the love in my heart.
From thee I receive, to thee I give Together we share, And from this we live.
Garden of Dreams - words and music by Mark Shepard. Refrain: A stray beam of sunlight caresses the church pews The mockingbird sings it's heart out to the sky Worship is over the people are gone But the Spirit still lingers as I welcome it's song The ripples that live on the pond where we swim Move outward in circles and then back again.. If we choose fight them they'll splash and they'll churn And cause us to wonder how the tide can be turned. In the passing of days and the living of lives Some wade in the shallows, some go deep when they dive And always the lesson we must constantly learn The love that we are never has to be earned.
If you could grasp the wonder you are How could you not shine out along with the stars? And dance in the moonlight in the garden of dreams All that you are is much more than you seem. Refrain: There's a place where dreams are gathered There's a soil where seeds are sown There's a light beyond the shadows where truths are known In this light I reach for heaven In this soil I root my soul In this place I have a garden of my own. Who knows whether time and quiet faith bring something new? Who knows if I learn to improvise?