每日诗歌: 這是天父世界 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlGHAoYJp9c)
Job 7 [Read]
Job 8 [Read]
Job 9 [Read]
Acts 7:44-60 [Read]
The 24 weeks of military training I received in the infantry training center is something I shall never forget. Besides the labor intensive work came with the military training, the trainees had no free time. We were always moving from one training exercise to another, and there were always superior officers watching us to make sure we followed the rules. I did not really appreciate being watched all the time, not until I got into the army. Then, I realized the true value of such training.
“What is man that you make so much of him, that you give him so much attention?” (Job 7:17). The frustration of Job is growing, but who can blame him? He was blameless and upright, and he still lost everything he had. It is hard for us to imagine the kind of bitterness we would harbor if we were in his shoes, and we likely would also complain about being watched too closely by God. After all, most people do good to please God so they may gain more blessings. This is the conclusion Satan had after “roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it” (1:9-10), and he just might have a point. If we end up suffering so much, then what is the point of enduring such attention?
“What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” (Ps 8:4). It’s an almost identical question the psalmist asked, but the tone was drastically different. He looked at God’s Creation and he could not understand why such an almighty God would pay so much attention to one of his creatures. Being watched in this case was an enjoyable thing and a blessing, and his heart was filled with thanksgiving. What have changed? Was it God or was it man?
I always wonder why God allowed Satan to try Job like that. Was it for God to know the true faith of Job? It’s hard to imagine that an omniscient God would need such tests to see a man’s heart. It makes more sense to me that Job’s suffering was for Job. Maybe he needed to see his true self in order to raise his righteousness from “blameless and upright” to “I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes” (42:6). It’s another level of knowing God, and it just might be where God always wanted his people to be.
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