Prayer Focus: The Americas

Bible Reading: Job 6-9

Scripture

But if you will look to God and plead with the Almighty, if you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf and restore you to your rightful place. (Job 8:5-6)

Observation

There are some things in the Bible that are not true. Before you call me a heretic, understand that I am speaking of Job’s friends. The Bible accurately records what they said, but they were not always right. For example, they insisted that Job’s suffering was the result of his hidden sin. They equated trials with punishment and comfort with righteousness. Job could barely do anything to become more “pure and upright.”

Application

Job is a difficult book to read for many reasons, including fairness. We are taught that if we do right, good things will happen; if we do bad, we will be punished. The problem with that is that while we do reap what we sow, it often takes time for consequences to be visible. God’s vision and ours are radically different. A trial today may be the result of sin…or simply a test from God to strengthen our faith and dependence upon Him. We cannot manipulate God.

Prayer

Dear LORD, I want to do the right thing…and live a safe, happy, comfortable life as a result. I recognize that You are sovereign and in control. You bring rain and sunshine. You allow triumph and tragedy. Give me understanding in the midst of storms, be it awareness of sin or joy during the testing. Help me to discern between the truth and the lies that are presented to me every day. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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