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Fo’sho

“It is not a mistake to have strong views. The mistake is to have nothing else.”    – David Morrow & Anthony Weston, Workbook for Arguments: A Complete Course in Critical Thinking

Enough. Please stop it. I don’t believe what you believe. I disagree with you.

I am neither -phobic, anti-, -in, un-, or dis- or any other prefix or suffix that is convenient to make one feel better about being disagreed with.

But guess what? I can also love and care for you deeply. I can be wholeheartedly concerned about you and what hurts or harms you.

…….And that’s even more fun.


Rantings….

I just have a couple thoughts:

There are Christian women who no longer believe in marriage. That annoys me to no end. They’ve allowed what they see and the ignorance that is rampant even in our community to turn them from the ONE thing they should never give up on.  And there’s a difference between believing you are called to a life of singleness and not believing in marriage. One has faith attached, the other fear.

Let me add some caveats before I start: I am fully woman…have been all my life.  I am fully single…with no romantic prospects on the horizon.  I am NOT a virgin…but there are days I wish I was.  I have skated on the verge of engagement a couple times…but never secured the actual commitment.

I’ve found that two dichotomous things are usually at work: 1. even if you don’t recognize them, there ARE men (emphasis on MEN) who are not only good for your body, but for your spirit and soul.  These are the cats that will not just wait for you, but they’ll be waiting period. And when he finds you, he’ll know what it is because he’s already been to God, Jesus, AND the Holy Spirit about it; and 2) JUST because you have concentrated on his waiting, doesn’t mean that HE has.   If all you’re doing is focusing on what he’s doing, you’ve already lost.  Because sure, he might not be pressuring you about it, but he just might not be “waiting” for you either.  There are many other women who will serve his declared needs and never think a thing about it.  It doesn’t mean he loves you or even remotely cares.  Some cats are simply serpent enough to give you what you want until you give them what they want.

 


Eh…here’s more Job

The last several days have been sheer HELL in abundance…and in talking to a good friend of mine, it wasn’t just that way for me alone. Sometimes you just need that voice that confirms what you know and puts everything back into perspective…and he happen to call right when I needed that kick in the pants (I think if he had come off like one of Job’s wretched friends though, I woulda had to punch him in the arm!!)

So even though over the last few days I really couldn’t have cared less about what debate Job and Bildad or Eliphaz got into next, it makes perfect sense that I’d be in the late chapters of the book of Job right now. They’re all speaking what I need to hear.

Job came out the gate speaking for me in chapter 29. I’m broken and I’m not strong. I’m anxious all day and hardly sleep at night. I feel gut-checked and punched in the jaw and I don’t know what to do. I wish I could go backward to when I was stable – (29:1-5)when I could hear Him and I thought he heard me. I cried out – He said keep movin.  I moved – He’s either saying stay still (Exodus 14: 13-14) or nothing at all (Job 30:16-22). I wasn’t expecting THIS by any stretch of the imagination (30:18, 26)…but then I had to stop and remember that I ain’t the Professor so I can’t design the test. Funny though, like Job, I knew what questions would be on it and I even know for sure what some of the answers are…but it still ain’t really helping me see clearly right now.

In chapter 31…Job’s taking inventory – checking his friends while he’s checking himself! He ran through every possible sin he could have committed and declared that if he’d done any of them then he deserved to be taken down. He even takes it to the Word!! Verse 33 he contrasts his forthrightness with Adam and how he tried to hide from God. Job said “I ain’t doin it!!! I’m not ducking from God NOR man!!” I guess if we wanna hear it that way it could sound arrogant…but all I keep hearing from this man is “I know I ain’t perfect but I don’t get THIS!!”

The start of chapter 32 is interestingly weird. Elihu tight with everybody and pretty much for the same reason – he thinks they’re all a little too full of themselves: Job thinks he’s right against God and his friends think they’re right against Job.  My question is just where did this guy come from?? If he heard all four of them – how long had he been there with no introduction?!?! This is going a little left and I haven’t looked deeply into it (yeah…I’ve got like three commentaries in front of me but that would mean verb parcing and such – I don’t wanna right now.) but there might just be some interesting wordplay here – and if so, it’s pretty funny! Elihu (or God is he) is a Buzite…Job has used the word ‘buz’ (contempt, put to shame, despise) a few times to describe how he’s been treated. So not even looking forward to the end of the story, but isn’t it ironic right now that Elihu is about to step in with what we can only assume is a word against the whole set of them to “put them to shame”.

Regardless…those are all just passing ideas – more wondering in the midst of everything. Because all I do know is that the new dude, Elihu, is introducing a shift – there’s something different about the turn everything is taking now, and we’ll just have to see where he’s gonna go with it.

 


Just Quote

The question, then, “Doth Job fear God for nought?”…compelling all to look to the foundation and motives of their faith…[i]t is, we may say, the first note of a piercing strain which thrills on to the present time.

…To grant that happiness is in any sense the distinctive issue of faith and faithfulness, to keep happiness in view in submitting to the restraints and bearing the burdens of religion, is to build the highest and best on the shifting sand of personal taste and craving. Make happiness that for which the believer is to endure and strive, allow the sense of personal comfort and immunity from change to enter into his picture of the reward he may expect, and the question returns, Doth this man serve God for nought? Life is not happiness, and the gift of God is everlasting life.  Only when we keep to this supreme word in the teaching of Christ, and seek the fullness and liberty and purity of life, apart from that happiness which is at bottom the satisfaction of predominant desires, shall we escape from the constantly recurring doubt that threatens to undermine and destroy our faith…

The favourite aim of social meliorists is to secure happiness for all…their dream is to make the warfare and service of man upon the earth so easy that he shall have no need for earnest personal endeavour. He is to serve for happiness…The pity bestowed on those who toil and endure…is that they fail of happiness. Persons who have no conception that vigour and endurance are spiritually profitable, and others who once knew but have forgotten the benefits of vigour and the gains of endurance, would undo the very order and discipline of God.

…If God is good for this reason, what follows when He appoints pain, especially pain that brings no enjoyment [happiness] in the long run?

Watson, Robert A.”The Opening Scene in Heaven.” and “The Shadow of God’s Hand.” The Book of Job – The Expositor’s Bible. pp 44-46, 53

 

 


Not forgotten…more with Job

There are just certain points when you’re reading anything that you can just kinda be “over it”…well that’s how I feel about Job and his “friends” right now. Like, seriously, ya’ll STILL going at it?!? *It’s almost like getting through the lists of genealogies!*

Anyhoo, I’m gonna combine a couple days worth of chapters and add a little remix from my pastor, affectionately known as “Revvie”!

 Job 17-20


17&18
I’d always heard people say “oh he/she has the patience of Job.” Now I understand what that means. It took 12 long-winded chapters before Job even made a direct reply to his “friends”.  At chapter 17, he’s straight forward and to the point with them but even in his reply, he’s still going back to God. So while he asserts that his friends are complete doofuses, he even attributes that to God – that He has “closed their minds to understanding.” It almost goes back to the “full armor” discussion. Job seems to know that he’s not arguing against his friends per se (Eph 6:12) because for all the truth they’ve told, they’re still missing the biggest picture. It’s very apparent that they wanna be right (as they know right to be) so badly that they aren’t listening to anything.  So I truly I wanted to ask Bildad in 18:2 when he was gonna shut HIS trap!!!

19&20
Now in chapter 20, I just wanna know what da heck Zophar is talking about…..! Job 19:29 woulda been a really good place for everybody to just hush and think for a second – just let that idea marinate. But Zophar is so far off on a tangent that nothing he’s saying makes ANY sense at all! Zophar makes a very peculiar statement at 20:3. If he’s being sarcastic, kinda in response to Job from 19:3, then he’s clearly doesn’t realize he’s only making a bigger case for why JOB continues to speak and uphold his case. If he’s really just talking about himself, then he just showed all his cards. Because if his “spirit of understanding causes [him] to respond” then all his following words show that he doesn’t understand much.

More from Revvie:
Title: Bring It!! Say What Ever U Have To Say…!!

JOB lost everything and his body was being afflicted!! Job was GOING THROUGH IT!! Yet, his boys still had much to say! They visited Job’s home and went in hard – Job could not hide even if he wanted to!! Imagine, THE LORD allowing your friends to visit your house, job, school, the park where you walk in the morning, or be at the train station waiting for U to arrive JUST TO GO IN VICIOUSLY ABOUT WHY YOU ARE SUFFERING!

Really God?!?!?  Really?!?!!!!!

But remember–THIS WAS ONLY A TEST….
Job let them talk regardless to the fact they were heartless & clueless to his situation! Notice none of Job’s friends said anything about going to the All-Knowing God in prayer about Job’s situation nor did they pray with him b4 leaving his home!!  They were just free-styling what they believed were the reasons why Job was suffering. “Let me say what I have to say but don’t you dare respond!!!” How sick is that!!

Let’s stop here! Please Allow people to say what they desire…everyone has a right & choice to say and believe what they so desire! But as for YOU….Let THE LORD check their chin…U just CONTINUE TO ROCK WITH JESUS!!
God Bless!!
Rev.


Back on Track with Job

Job 11 & 12


Before I started Job this morning, I was looking at how Judas really gets a bum rap in the grand scheme of things. He had a purpose and he served it well…made a despicably bad decision that he regretted so much that his only recourse was to hang himself. But Psalm 145:14 says that ‘God supports all who “fall” (intentionally and unintentionally; and those who have just collapsed whether in discouragement or despair) and “raises up” all who are “bowed down”‘, and in this verse’s context I would say that means “bowed down” in shame or some such. So I figured if that’s good enough for Jesus then it’s good enough for me and I was gonna start cutting Judas, and today, even though I knew it wasn’t gonna be good, Job’s friends some slack. They all had a part in this drama…and Zophar did not disappoint in playing his role.
To me, he is a classic example of a person who is so anxious to TALK and prove their point that it’s pretty clear they weren’t LISTENING to anything. Zophar name calls(11:1-3), misquotes (4) and even repeats Job, but in this, only to suit his own agenda (10). In the midst of all this he completely misses Job’s cry in order to prove how right he is. It’s interesting how Zophar is so quick to admonish Job about wisdom when it seems he himself has none. He’s moved from self-righteousness into plain ego-trippin’. All three friends have spoken as if they’re on payroll in Jesus’ PR department…but Zophar sounds like he knows a pink-slip is coming any day and he’s trying to save his job by doing way too much!
I think chapter 12 is the first time Job actually comes at the three directly. But how Job so impresses is that while he’s giving his friends the business, he is still telling the truth about God. And it probably all went over non-listening Zophar’s head. Which makes me wonder why Job chose now to go at them? Eliphaz and Bildad went hard at him too, but I wonder if he grasped just how ridiculous Zophar’s retort was and decided it was time to “answer a fool according to his foolishness” (Proverbs 26:5)…


Last one on the catch up with Job

OK…I’m done for the day after this one…Job 9 & 10


I don’t really have much on Job today. Precious child of God is agreeing with his wretched friends on the truths they spoke. What I notice, though, is that he never REACTED to the things they said. He could have gone on a tangent and ripped Bildad a new one for talking about his babies, but he didn’t. He kept it on God EVEN THOUGH he is confused and doesn’t get what’s going on. What he does seem to understand (9:22) is Acts 10:34, Romans 2:11, and James 2:1-4….EVERYBODY is the same under God.  He ain’t special. He wasn’t in wealth and he isn’t in suffering. That’s a tough dichotomy for a lot of us – how to know you’re chosen, sanctified, and justified WITHOUT thinking you’re the only one Jesus died for! I think that’s another place arrogance tends to sneak in. “Christians and saints” believe they’re SPECIAL. Some Christians believe that as a Christian, you should receive everything you ask for or else you aren’t a true Christian – and it’s also what the whole “prosperity gospel” nonsense and the “touch not Israel” ideas are about. People start believing their own hype instead of Jesus.

9:27-28: the “church” has taught some people that if they’re going through any type of hardship, struggle, pain, anything, that they should just “put on a happy face”.  Job said “‘damn that’ cause even if I DO, my pain is still here! ‘Skinnin’ and grinnin’ is NOT gonna change the fact that I’m facing this situation.” Nobody teaches THIS! Maybe I’m crazy but I see the “joy of The Lord” coming from Job that I think many try to get to, but because we’re all so afraid of HONESTY that we’d rather limit how people relate to God (and how He relates to US).

That’s pretty much all I got for today because it wanna see how Zophar responds! Knowing that he’s gonna be just as wrong as the other two, I’m anxious to see how he can possibly screw this up!! LOLOL After everything that Job has just poured from his heart, what can he really say????