Lessons from Job

Covid-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 8

Journal, 3-23-2020: “My eyes are worse than ever! I was sitting at my desk feeling miserable. I took a picture of my eyes and sent it to David.

He replied, “Take Benadryl and go to bed.”

Job 5:22, “You will laugh at hunger and destruction…”

Common English Bible

I not hungry anyway.

March 23, 2020: Job 5-9.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,”- Day 9

Journal, 3-24-2020: “I stayed in my pajamas. I’m taking Allegra-D twice a day and Benadryl 3 times a day. My eyelids are bright red. David took over the laundry.”

Job 13:26, “You even write bitter things about me, make me inherit my youthful indiscretions.”

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March 24, 2020: Job 10-14.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 10

Journal, 3-25-2020: “My eyes are horrible. I can’t see very well. I asked God to show me the trigger. He said, ‘Go watch Grit TV.’ David took over the cooking.

Job 19:26, “After my skin has been torn apart this way – then from my flesh, I’ll see God.”

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March 25, 2020: Job 15-19.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 11

Journal, 3-26-2020: “The hives around my eyes and mouth are red and burning. I switched to cold water soaks.

‘What should I do, God?’

‘Go watch Grit TV.'”

Job 22:21, “Get along well with God and be at peace; from this something good will come to you.”

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March 26, 2020: Job 20-24.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 12

Journal, 3-27-2020: “The skin around my eyes is burning. I started using Triamcinolone on it. I can only use it for 3 days. I’ve built a tolerance to Benadryl. I didn’t nap today. Once again, I listened to Grit TV. I am having difficulty seeing.”

Job 27:5, “I won’t agree that you are right. Until my dying day, I won’t give up my integrity.”

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March 27, 2020: Job 25-30

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 13

Journal, 3-28-2020: “I washed all the bedding: comforter, sheets, allergy pillow covers, and mattress pad. And watched Grit TV between loads as instructed.”

Job 32:18-20, “For I am full of words. The spirit in my belly compels me. 19) Look, my belly is like unopened wine; like new wineskins, it will burst. 20) I will speak and get relief; I will open my lips and respond.”

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March 28, 2020: Job 31-33.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 14

Journal, 3-29-2020: “The sermon today was ‘Hope in a Crisis.’

‘Trouble is our transportation.

I must be going somewhere! Today I had an asthma attack along with my swollen, itchy, hive-covered eyes. I used the inhaler and filled the vaporizer.”

Job 34:30, “He prevents a lawless person from ruling, from capturing people.”

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March 29, 2020: Job 34-37.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 15

Journal, 3-30-2020: “I woke up with sinus pressure over my right eye. I used a saltwater eye rinse and then a cold compress. I boiled more water. When it cooled, I did a sinus rinse and gargled with hot water and salt. Then I used the sinus mask. I went to bed right after lunch.

Job 40:4, “Look, I’m of little worth. What can I answer you? I’ll put my hand over my mouth.”

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March 30, 2020: Job 38-41.

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Covid-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 16

Journal, 3-31-2020: “After devotions, I ‘returned to normal life.’ I made the bed, washed dishes, washed darks, and worked on a grocery list. I put barbeque sauce on some chicken and made parsley potatoes. I even used the “clog cannon” on the tub – three times. It has been draining slowly. That cleared it right up!”

Job 42:10, “Then the Lord changed Job’s fortune when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord doubled all Job’s earlier possessions.”

Common English Bible

“…he set aside his remorse in order to return to normal life (see Job 30:19).”

Common English Bible Notes on Job 42:6
March 31, 2020: Job 42; 1 Kings 12; 2 Chronicles 10, 11.

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The Teacher is Silent During the Test

Job 34:29, “When he is quiet, who can condemn? When he hides his face, who can behold him?”

“Job had complained about God’s seeming inaccessibility (Job 23:3-9) and silence (Job 30:20), but Elihu reminded Job that God will accomplish his purposes on his terms, not man’s.

Job’s other three friends were from the East, an area known for the wisdom of man, and they had relied solely on their reasoning and presumptions to explain Job’s sufferings.

It is possible that Elihu (and perhaps others) had been there throughout the discussions between Job and his friends (Job 32:8, 9). Elihu identified God as a teacher (Job 35:10, 11), perhaps insinuating that Job’s afflictions were part of God’s teaching process. Elihu’s words were never condemned by God, as were those of Job (Job 38:2), Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar (Job 42:7, 8).”

ESV Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible Notes

Starting tomorrow, we will read how Jesus survived his severest testing. He went from being called “King” at his triumphant entry to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, to hearing the same people yell “Crucify Him.” Then he suffered unimaginable torment and died a cruel death. He conquered death and rose again.

If you are going through a trial…keep going. There is always resurrection in Christ.

Suffering Ends

Job 19:25, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.”

“Job sought for someone who would defend him from the false accusations made against him and acknowledged that God alone was this ‘Redeemer.’ Job may have used the expression ‘at the last’ in hope of vindication in his lifetime (at the conclusion of his time of suffering), or he may have meant some time after his death when God would clear him of any wrong. Job clearly believed that death did not bring about the end of one’s existence.” ESV Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible

I know that my redeemer is Jesus Christ.

I know that he is coming back and will once again stand on this earth.

I know he’s my defender and vindicator.

I know suffering will not last forever…

neither can unemployment!

God has provided for my husband the perfect job!

I’M NOT A PHILOSOPHER

I received a comment to today on a post from January. It seemed to ask a philosophical question and philosophy is not my forte. I was reminded of that comment when I read today’s verse.

Job 15:10, “We have the benefit of wisdom older than your father.”

This verse was spoken by Eliphaz who came to comfort Job. But repeating platitudes offers little comfort.

I like Job’s response.

Job 16:4, 5, “If I were in your place, it would be easy to criticize or to give advice. But I would offer hope and comfort instead.”

That is my desire in responding to the comment. I want to offer hope and comfort.

“Let My Words Be Few”

HIS LOVE IS DEEPER THAN THE SEA

Job 7:12, “Am I the sea…Is that why you imprison me?”

“According to Job 38:8-11, God makes the sea his prisoner by setting its boundaries.” CEV Bible Notes

Job 7:19, “Won’t you look away just long enough for me to swallow?”

He never takes his eye off of us and his love is deeper than the sea.

“I Lift My Hands” – Christ Tomlin