Gems 2015 — June 4 Scripture Selection: Job 34-36

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

June 4 Scripture Selection: Job 34-36

Food for Thought: Job 34:12, 13

Job’s understanding of the goodness and integrity of God was ultimately what kept him from cursing God and led him to his eventual reward after all he went through. The expression and mindset of Christians who say, “God is good—ALL the time!” helps keep things in perspective and generates hope even in the midst of trials. Those who say it and believe it understand that He is Lord over all the earth, He will never do any injustice or wickedness, and they can trust Him. One drop of God’s goodness (if that were even possible) far outweighs the evil and difficult circumstances of this world.

Some might say, “Yeah, but, what about this tragedy or that injustice?”, putting the ultimate blame on God and exalting themselves to the position of His judge. Such an attitude, one that Job’s wife wished he’d had, is unhelpful. She advised Job to “curse God and die,” as if He were the author of all that suffering (Job 2:9). But, remember, it is the thief, Satan, who comes to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10). He’s the one that roams about looking for whom he may devour (I Pet. 5:8). And he’s out to ruin man’s relationship with God. In fact, he’s the one that slithered his way into the garden of Eden and tempted man, causing him to sin and bringing a curse on all the earth—which is the source of all suffering and evil here on earth (See Rom. 8:21, 22; Gen. 3).

Understanding that anything wicked or unjust did not come from God and focusing on His goodness, such as scriptures which articulate this in the Psalms, will actually catapult us out of any dark hopelessness. The following are just some of the verses which marvelously express His goodness:

Psalm 31:19 “Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, Which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men!”

Psalm 33:5 “He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.”

Psalm 107:8 “Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!”

Psalm 57:10 “For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens.”

It’s just a matter of declaring what we know of God and His character. Instead of dwelling on the negative, or blaming the Lord for everything that is wrong, meditating on His goodness brings about much better results and relief.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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