40 days of Sorrow, a walk with Job
March 16, 2019, 7:48 AM

Lent 2019 Day10, Job chapter 12


In Matthew 26, we see that Jesus chose his three closest friends to go deeper into the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus asked them to watch and pray with him. He separated himself from them to have a personal conversation with God. Three times during his prayer Jesus returned to find Peter, James and John sleeping. Can you imagine how Jesus felt that first time that Jesus came and found his closest disciples sleeping?

I can imagine that is how Job felt in chapter 12. All three of Job's closest friends have now voiced their concerns to Job. Job feels that if this is the best that Wisdom has to offer, then we are in trouble. 

Job chapter 12 offers us a beautiful nugget into the mind of Job. In verses 7-10, he tells his friends, "“But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; And the birds of the air, and they will tell you; Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; And the fish of the sea will explain to you.  Who among all these does not know That the hand of the Lord has done this, In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?

The beasts, the birds, the earth, and the fish all know who created them. And Job knows who holds the life of every little creature in His hand. This is imprtant to note, because in Job chapter 1, God placed everything Job had under the power of Satan. And Satan took everything in his power. In Job chapter 2 God put Job in the hands of Satan, but Satan could not take Job's life. God is the one who holds our very life in His hands. 

Jesus will return to his disciples two more times, but I can imagine that first time had to sting. Job's friends will each be back for more encouraging words, but I'm sure the first time through hurt. Job knows who he is talking to. He's talking to the one who holds his very life in his hands, and the conversation is getting deeper.

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