He Never Gives Up

I really struggled this week to pick a focus verse. From verse 8 through 17 of chapter ten (10), Job basically explores the loving care and keeping of God, the suffering He sometimes allows in our lives and God's judgement. So...I decided NOT to pick one. Instead, we'll look at a couple of verses and how the Psalms respond to them.

"You clothed me with skin and flesh, and wove me together with bones and tendons. You gave me life and faithful love,

and your care has guarded my life." Job 10:11-12 (CSB)

Verse 11 is beautifully affirmed by Psalm 139:13 and 15.

"For it was you who created my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb." Psalm 139:13 (CSB)

" My bones were not hidden from you when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depths of the earth." Psalm 139:15 (CSB)

Psalm 139:5 and 139:10 offer confirmation of Job 10:12.

"You have encircled me; you have placed your hand on me." Psalm 139:5 (CSB)

"even there your hand will lead me; your right hand will hold on to me." Psalm 139:10 (CSB)

These verses remind us of God's love for us. He didn't just create us and leave us. No, we are His creations and He is ever active in our lives. Him being active does have a cost sometimes. We cannot just do what we want and suffer no consequence. Job speaks of this in verses 14-15.

" if I sin, you would notice, and would not acquit me of my iniquity.  If I am wicked, woe to me! And even if I am righteous, I cannot lift up my head. I am filled with shame and have drunk deeply of my affliction." (CSB)

Even in our sin, our shame, our affliction, we can call on the One to whom we belong to save us. We can see this in Psalm 25:16-18.

"Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am alone and afflicted. The distresses of my heart increase; bring me out of my sufferings. Consider my affliction and trouble, and forgive all my sins." (CSB)

Oh how I wish Job had been able to pray these verses from Psalm 25. As I read them, I feel they are a balm to a hurting heart. And Job most definitely had a wounded heart. If that is you today, or at any time in the future, hold onto these verses. They remind us that we are not our own. But the One who created us is always available to comfort, forgive, sustain and love us.

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