每日诗歌: Lead, Kindly Light (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnIYLEXHeFk)
Job 10 [Read]
Job 11 [Read]
Job 12 [Read]
Acts 8:1-25 [Read]
Have you ever sat in a sound-proof booth for a hearing test? It’s a very stressful test. The examiner would send a series of beeping sound, some loud some soft, and you press the button in hand upon hearing them. It seems easy but it’s not. After a while, you start to wonder “was that a new beep or a residual beep from before?” “Should I press the button?” “Am I losing my hearing?” It can be both confusing and amusing. But the point is that you need to pay full attention in order to hear the real sound.
Sometimes, we have difficulty hearing clearly the sound made by others. “Can papyrus grow tall where there is no march? Can reeds thrive without water?” (Job 8:11) “Such is the destiny of all who forget God” (8:13). This was the judgment issued by Job’s friend Bildad. He was not listening, for Job never questioned God’s justice or might. “Indeed, I know that this is true” (9:2). “Though I was innocent, I could not answer him; I could only plead with my judge for mercy” (9:15). Job did not need to hear about how great God was, for he knew all that (9:4-12). He was not inferior to his friends (12:3). He just needed help to deal with what a just God put him through.
The prayer in Job 10 moves me, for Job was being honest to his Creator. “You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit” (10:12). However, God seemed to keep close watch at his every move, and every little mistake would bring punishments (10:14-17). If so, “why then did you bring me out of womb?” (10:18) If human was the crown jewel of God’s Creation (Gen 1:31), then why was he so harsh toward Job? Many of us had that question for ourselves, and Job’s prayer helps us to see that it’s alright to say it to God sometimes. I am sure God hears it.
Do we truly hear people amidst their agony or do we just hear the part we have a textbook answer for? “God is just, God is love, and God is gracious”. When we say that as encouragements, do we inadvertently make people feel inferior? Life is much noisier than a sound-proof booth, and it takes more attention for us to really hear others. May God give us sensitive ears so we may hear the true cry of people around us.
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