Scripture Reading: Job 40:8

Plagued by troubles, Job sought to defend himself. His responses made sense, until he heard the words of God Himself and realized the weaknesses of his arguments. By condemning God, Job sounded completely innocent, like he was blaming God.

God placed Job’s actions in context by giving examples of His sovereignty. Job realized that he was in no position to question God. He realized the truth of the perspective God provided to Isaiah: “As heaven is higher than earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).

But everything changed when he had a personal, humbling encounter with God. No longer just declaring his opinions, Job learned the truth and gained a fresh perspective from God.  Reflecting on what God said, Job realized that he was “nothing.” Thinking about his words, he realized that he had “nothing more to say.” This must have been a profound moment.

Each of us can find ourselves, like Job, eager to speak, ready to defend ourselves, share our feelings, and justify our actions. We are prepared, if necessary, to criticize others. But everything comes into a clearer perspective when we enter God’s presence. The Scripture describes how this experience can be humbling and how our attitudes can change when words no longer seem adequate.

We see this impact in the experience of the Prophet who wrote, “The Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before Him” (Habakkuk 2:20 NASB).

Job saw his situation in a new light. All he could do was repent. Many of us are like Job, quick to blame God for our problems. In our own eyes, we feel completely innocent.

The lessons God taught Job apply to each of us as we consider our lives and events in the world. Our starting point should be absolute trust and complete reverence for God. And we must never pretend that we know more than He does.

In every situation you face, realize that His ways are “perfect”; His words are “pure” (2 Samuel 22:31). “All His work is trustworthy” (Psalm 33:4). Humble yourself anew before God. Declare Him Lord of your life. Be sure to trust Him. He is faithful. You can depend on Him.

MASS: GREEN/RED SS COSMAS & DAMIAN, M (OPT MEM) Eccl 11:19-12:8; Ps 90:3-4.5-6.12-13.14 and 17(R.1); Accl 2 Tim 1:10; Gospel Lk 9:43b-45

Prayer Points:

1.         Father, search my heart and mind, and reveal my sins. Help me to be clean in your sight. I submit my life to You.  in the Name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Please take me and mould me into that beautiful vessel You have created me to be. Amen.

2.         Father, I humble myself before You. I seek Your wisdom. Fill me anew with Your Spirit

3.         Pray with Jeremiah 29:11

Exercise: Reflect on Job 40:4-5

Meditation: Jeremiah 18: 6