I also finished reading Job this week. Those last few chapters are wonderful for meditating on the perfection and majesty and wisdom and power of God. I cannot improve upon Job’s words at the end of his story when he says, “Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you [God]? I lay my hand on my mouth. I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further” (Job 40:4-5). And later, he says, “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what i did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. ‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.’ I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:2-6).
At the same time I was reading Job, I was reading Paul’s letters to Corinth. Though Paul could have boasted in many (self-righteous) things (Philippians 3, 1 Cor. 10, for example), he endeavored to boast only in Christ and the gospel. “‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’ For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends” (2 Corinthians 10:17-18). “And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:1-2).
Job’s silence and Paul’s speech, not to mention Sunday night’s sermon on the content and priority of the gospel, worked together in my mind and heart all week. It’s been good.
***IT’S YOUR TURN***
I would love to read how you delighted in God through His word this week. Please share!
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