In The Master’s Hands: 365 Daily Devotions for Everyday Living, has several devotions on the book of Job; however, Job is not my favorite book of the Bible.
I love the prose and the poetry penned as Job is questioning God. The writing is absolutely beautiful. And, I especially love when God responds. I find it fascinating that God actually pauses to ask Job, “Where were YOU when I laid the foundation of the earth? Who shut up the sea with doors when it broke forth as if it had issued out of the womb? -Were YOU there ...When I wrapped it in swaddling cloth... and said, here shall thou come, but no further... Here shall your proud waves be stayed!”
So yes, I am fascinated that the sea does not break forth as tsunamis each and every day, on every continent, on every island, killing all non-swimming life on the planet. And yes, it is with pride that I believe in God and the promises of His Word. It is with pride, and sometimes, much too proudly, that I put my trust in Him and prompt others to do the same. –But, sometimes, like Job, God will question us. Sometimes, God will ask us, “Were YOU there?” Sometimes, He will shame us into understanding that, He is not at our command; we are at His. And, no matter how wonderfully arrayed we are displayed, to Him, we are but dust. It is the reason that, as Christians, we come to Him under the covering of Jesus.
So Beloved, there will be times when you've put your trust in God; times when you've prayed, plead, begged, supplicated, pondered, confessed, cried, screamed; or, even been shamed into understanding that, sometimes, you simply will not get what you want, when YOU want it. –It is God's way of asking you, "Were YOU there ...?" L.
**Now it is your turn to write your thoughts regarding today's verse in your journal.
Study Reference: Psalm 25:20
From: “Your Thoughts: Were You There?"In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions For Everyday Living.
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