Tag Archive: Job


this is a short psalm with one of the most powerful endings… in the middle of what is clearly a lonely, worrying, desolate time, still the psalmist realises and remembers where his hope lies and that is with God and so he pleads his case, ending with:

‘Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.’ [vs.5]

the word ‘yet’ is very powerful for me here – even though circumstances may not give the look or feel that God is in control, my response is still going to be to praise Him, because deep within me i know that i know that i KNOW that He is faithful and can bring good out of any circumstances.

i am reminded of two of Job’s early prayers/statements:

‘At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said:

‘“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. 
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”

In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.’ [Job 1.20-22]

‘His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”

 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”

In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.’ [Job 2.9-10]

and Romans 8.28:

‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’

where does your hope lie?

[To return to the Intro page and be connected to any of the other Psalms i have walked through before now, click here]

i have just started reading ‘Prayer: Does it make any difference?’ by Philip Yancey which was given to me by two great friends Emiel and Philippa a while back and which i just started reading at the right time… still early days but REALLY enjoying it and highly recommend it [and it is not ‘the ten steps to really great prayer’ at all]

and while you should read the book, until you do, i thort i’d share some lines or thoughts that really stood out, from time to time as i continue to read it…

‘Most of my struggles in the Christian life circle around the same two themes: why God doesn’t act the way we want God to, and why I don’t act the way God wants me to. Prayer is the precise point where those themes converge.’ [pg. 9]

‘Prayer helps correct myopia, calling to mind a perspective I daily forget. I keep reversing roles, thinking of ways in which God should serve me, rather than vice versa. As God fiercely reminded Job, the Lord of the universe has many things to manage, and in the midst of my self-pity I would do well to contemplate for a moment God’s own point of view.’ [pg. 14]

for more thoughts on prayer, click here.

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