40 days of Sorrow, a walk with Job
April 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

Lent 2019 Day 27 Job Chapter 29

Job continues his closing arguments, Job 29:12-17, "Because I delivered the poor who cried out, The fatherless and the one who had no helper. The blessing of a perishing man came upon me, And I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; My justice was like a robe and a turban. I was eyes to the blind, And I was feet to the lame. I was a father to the poor, And I searched out the case that I did not know. I broke the fangs of the wicked, And plucked the victim from his teeth."

If our integrity was questioned would we have as good of a closing argument as Job? He delivered the poor, blessed the fatherless who had no helper. He was eyes for the blind, feet to the lame and a father to the poor. Job describes himself as the type of vindicator or redeemer that he would want. He championed the case for those who outcast and the marginalized of the society. 

The truth is I'm afraid that the Season of Lent is so focused on drawing closer to God and trying to listen to God's voice that we fail to live the life that God called us to live. The Truth is the more we LOVE the least of these, the closer we draw to God. 

Listen to Isaiah 58:3-9, " ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and You have not seen? Why have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?’ “In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, And exploit all your laborers. Indeed you fast for strife and debate, And to strike with the fist of wickedness. You will not fast as you do this day, To make your voice heard on high. Is it a fast that I have chosen, A day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, And to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast, And an acceptable day to the Lord? “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’

Lord help us to be like Job, the eyes, feet, and voice of those who have none. Help us to champion the cause of Justice in our world. Amen


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