“Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding. It is impossible for God to do wrong, and for the Almighty to act unjustly. For He repays a person according to his deeds, and He brings his ways on him.
God is not partial to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of His hands. They die suddenly in the middle of the night; people shudder, then pass away. Even the mighty are removed without effort.
Suppose someone says to God, “I have endured my punishment; I will no longer act wickedly. Teach me what I cannot see; if I have done wrong, I won’t do it again.” Should God repay you on your terms when you have rejected His? You must choose, not I! So declare what you know.
If only Job were tested to the limit, because his answers are like those of wicked men. For he adds rebellion to his sin; he scornfully claps in our presence, while multiplying his words against God.”
Job 34:10-11, 19-20, 31-33, 36-37 HCSB
Father I pray for peace within. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
God doesn’t make mistakes. He doesn’t straddle fences and exist in indecisiveness. He doesn’t have second thoughts or act with hesitation. God doesn’t reward evil. He also doesn’t punish good. So why do we think He does these things?
Nothing good comes without sacrifice on some level. Hard work comes with some degree of pain. The molded clay isn’t smoothly shaped with lack of friction. The process is labor intensive, and requires just enough–but not too much–water, to help smooth out the rough patches.
We keep confusing ourselves thinking that somehow we’re a finished product, painted with bright colors and shiny, when we’re still a clump of clay being shaped. We need to praise when the water is sparse just as we do when it is plenty.
Questions of the Day
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2. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
3. What do you think of Elihu and his message?
4. How is Elihu’s approach different than the other three men?
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