Today's devotion from Job 33.
I don't know where you are, but I think I'm exactly where I need to be. Let me explain by saying that Job is a difficult book. We've already discussed this to some extent. It's difficult because it's not a book of action, but of endless dialog. No real action has happened since the very beginning of the book. Here we are in chapter 33, and it's still just talking. It would be easy to just want to get through the book of Job.
I'm at a place, however, where I feel a little like Job, and I just want to get through this season. This may be more than you need to know. We all want transparency...until it makes us uncomfortable. Then we just want niceties and courtesy so we don't feel guilty, but we're really just trying to avoid feeling awkward. Well, I'm just going to be honest and say that my family and I are going through a season of difficulty. I'm not going to go into detail, but I'll say that we feel like the hits keep coming. The latest resulted in an ER visit with our eldest and an appointment for surgery on a broken ankle.
As I was becoming frustrated by all the things that just seem to keep happening, I had a moment of clarity. Job. I just need to take my eyes off the problems and focus them on Him. Elihu's speech today encourages me to continue on that path. I, personally, needed to hear his words to Job. While I may feel like God isn't hearing my prayers or responding to my pleas, God does speak. And He speaks because He hears and knows.
Yes, as we are tired of endless talking in the book of Job, God is still speaking to us through these conversations. Will you listen? Or will you continue to tune out or rail against what God is trying to say? Remember the truth of verses 28-30, "He has redeemed my soul from going down into the pit, and my life shall look upon the light. Behold, God does all these things, twice, three times, with a man, to bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be lighted with the light of life." (Job 33:28-30, ESV)
No matter what God is doing, it is ultimately for the good of those in which He is working. These are some of the sweetest words that could be spoken in my ears.