June 26, 2020

Be Like Job Already

Job 19:1-6 Then Job answered and said: “How long will you torment my soul, And break me in pieces with words? These ten times you have reproached me; You are not ashamed that you have wronged me. And if indeed I have erred, My error remains with me. If indeed you exalt yourselves against me, And plead my disgrace against me, Know then that God has wronged me, And has surrounded me with His net. NKJV

If you are like me, then you grew up hearing about how blameless Job was. In my mind as a child, Job was this perfect person who sat quiet and docile while everything near and dear to him was taken away. I think the problem with only getting your Bible doses from other sources is that it becomes watered down. To really understand the dimensional richness of the Bible you have to go straight to the source.

Sometimes, I forget the realness of the Bible. These aren’t children’s Sunday school stories, but a great history epic.

Anyways, so Job. Who is he? He was a man called blameless before God. That statement in the Bible almost makes Job feel unattainable and far away. Like a moral story of what is expected of us, to sit in the dust as every thing we love is ripped away.

I decided a couple months ago to read through Job again. I found myself wallowing in self pity and worry, and I wanted to read about true hardships. I usually read Job as a punishment for ungrateful ness, but what I found reading this time around astonished me. Job is human…

This non relatable character turned into a three dimensional fully realized human in my mind. It goes back to how we perceive blamelessness. In my mind, somebody who is blameless is always sweet, says the right thing every time, and is honestly more like a robot than a person. But that isn’t true.

Job was blameless in the sight of God but he was angry too. In the above Bible passage he was in the depths of despair. I would even go as far as saying that he blamed God for his trials. (Blasphemous right?) His pain is tangible and feeling. The difference with Job is, he poured out his pain and anger to God, but he didn’t hold it against God. Even though he felt persecuted, he knew God was the only one who could rescue him for his present state. Through the whole process Job never disowned or turned away form God. And here is a spoiler, God returns everything to Job twofold.

That is what I think it means to be blameless. Not just sitting in complacency, but turning to God for every moment whether good or bad. We can’t be afraid of our emotional conflict inside. To be blameless is not drinking the kool aid until all of our senses are dulled and repressed to the point we don’t feel anymore. But to contend with God on every front, and confront Him with the trust that He can handle our every emotion and thought. If we do this in earnestness and sincerity, God will surely satisfy the needs of our lives and not leave us hanging. Ask God the hard questions of your life. Don’t shy away form the conflict inside of you. He will come through.

From me to you,

-Emily Jacobsen

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