40 days of Sorrow, a walk with Job
March 6, 2019, 5:00 AM

Lent 2019 Day 1, Job chapter 3


Our day of birth is one of the most exciting days in a person's life. It is the day that everybody rejoices with you, and celebrates your life. As I read Job chapter three today, I wonder if we can have a birthday do over. Job cursed the day of his birth and said, "May the day perish on which I was born, and the night in which it was said, 'A male child is conceived.' May that day be darkness and the shadow of death claim it: May a cloud settle on it; May the blackness of the day terrify it. As for that night, may darkness seize it; May it not rejoice among the days of the year, May it not come into the number of the months..." How could a day that is suppose to bring so much joy to a person's life now be filled with such great sorrow? The truth is Job has lost everything that this world has to offer. He lost his property, he lost his servants, he lost livestock, and he lost his children. Now he sits sits on a pile of ashes. Today is Ash Wednesday. It is the day that we remember that we came from dust and to dust we will return. The good news is that Jesus tells Nicodemus in John chapter 3, "Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of heaven."  I want to participate in that new birth. The purpose of the season of Lent is to die to our worldly desires and allow Christ to live in our lives. Maybe we need a birthday do over. 

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