JOB – allows himself to be put in his place by God’s questioning, and waits to hear what more God has to say. God challenges Job (‘out of the whirlwind’) to look at the great beasts (the behemoth and the Leviathan) as examples of God’s creative power and might. God is in control of all things (even the great beasts – strong hippopotomus and giant crocodiles).
So God has challenged Job’s ignorance, his absence at the birth of creation, and Job is silenced (40 v. 3 – 5)
And God has challenged Job’s weakness before His almighty power, and here Job repents, humbling himself before God, acknowledging God for who He is.
‘now my eyes see you’ – all along, Job has wanted this intimate encounter with God, and here it is now.
Job’s ‘friends’ are condemned by God for not speaking truth (not sure why Eliju isn’t mentioned here – maybe the others were simply worse than him).
Job’s life continues, blessed by God, fruitful and happy once again. Signs of God’s favour everywhere, and loads of rhetorical questions hanging in the air….
The Parable of the Talents – yesterday’s parable taught the disciples to keep alert and readied for Jesus’ return. Also, as we wait, we are to be wise in our use of the talents, abilities and resources God has given us. Fear might prevent us from putting what we have to good use, but God wants us to take risks for growing the kingdom. Oh, that we might hear the words:
“Well done, good and faithful servant!
You have been faithful with a few things;
I will put you in charge of many things.
Come and share your master’s happiness.”
The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats – reminds us that while we wait for Jesus’ return, we are to feed the hungry, provide drinks for the thirsty, invite in the stranger, care for the sick, visit prisoners, and in doing so, we shall be said to have done it towards Jesus Himself. Again, some will hear,
“Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.”
So, to recap, we are to keep alert, to put to very good use every gift God has given, and to show practical care to others, and in doing so find we have blessed Jesus Himself, and stored up treasure in heaven !
PSALM – “The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Saviour!”
God is the one who sticks up for us, and the reason we sing !
My re-created thoughts :
Help me to put your gifts to good use
Not to hide them, but to employ them fully
To live for You, in giving to others
To serve You, in serving others
May I be a good and faithful servant
and taste the kingdom inheritance you’ve prepared for us.
Keep me close to You, Lord,
My Rock, my Saviour….