Learn How to Live

Yesterday we learned religion and tradition did not bring Job comfort. Today we read Job’s words of anguish as he asked God, “Why?”.

Job 10:1, 2, “I can’t stand my life – I hate it! I’m putting it all out on the table, all the bitterness of my life – I’m holding nothing back. (2) Job prayed: ‘Here’s what I want to say: Don’t, God, bring in a verdict of guilty without letting me know the charges you’re bringing.’ ” The Message

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“Ancient people believed that gods governed the universe based on some principle of right and wrong…..When misfortune struck, they would consult the gods to discover the cause of their misfortune. If innocent, they would seek divine justice from the gods. So Job, not understanding why he must suffer, calls on God, ‘Tell me what charges you have against me’ (Job 10:2).” Chronological Study Bible

We receive comfort from the words of Jesus.

Matthew 11:28, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” The Message

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“Farmers in ancient Israel used to train an inexperienced ox by yoking it to an experienced one with a wooden harness. The straps around the older animals were tightly drawn. He carried the load. But the yoke around the younger animal was loose. He walked alongside the more mature ox, but his burden is light. In this verse Jesus is saying, ‘I walk alongside you. We are yoked together. But I pull the weight and carry the burden.’ ” “A Love Worth Giving – Living in the Overflow of God’s Love” by Max Lucado

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Job 12:13, “True wisdom and real power belong to God; from him we learn how to live, and also what to live for.” The Message

Am I stuck because I’m trying to take a wrong turn? Yoked to Jesus, He waits patiently until I turn the way He’s facing.

“Make your requests earnestly and specifically, if you desire definite answers. It is the aimlessness of prayer that accounts for so many seemingly unanswered prayers.” “Streams in the Desert” 3-24

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“…Your Father…offers authentic love. His devotion is the real deal. But He won’t give you the genuine until you surrender the imitations.” “A Love Worth Finding – Living in the Overflow of God’s Love” by Max Lucado

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