Chapter-a-Day Job 34

"Just because you refuse to live on God's terms, do you think he should start living on yours?" Job 34:33a (MSG)

My wife and I are on vacation with dear friends. There are two boys under the age of three among us. Needless to say, a week with Nathan and Jarret makes for an interesting getaway. It's been 15 years or so since I've spent an extended period of time with children this age. And, even then, they weren't usually boys.

If I was teaching a class on human spirituality, I believe I would assign my students to spend a week with two boys in their "terrible twos" and then ask them to bring back their observations on fallen human nature. I believe we can learn a lot about our own adult lives by observing the behavior of our children.

Elihu's question in verse 33 is one I could ask either of my little vacation buddies, exchanging the word "God" for "your parent." I have seen so many examples of blatant disobedience followed by selfish demands this week. It's fascinating to watch, and humbling to ponder. Even as adults, we so easily disregard God's boundaries, or his clearly communicated desire for our behavior, and then turn to Him with a list of our own selfish demands.

God, forgive me for acting like a two-year-old.

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Job 34”

  1. But whether silent or hidden, he’s there, ruling,
    so that those who hate God won’t take over
    and ruin people’s lives.
    This is a comforting statement. Unfortunately, its lines like this that cause Christians to dis-engage from culture. Well, God will ultimately take care of the bad guys, so why don’t I just sit over here in the corner and trust Him? I get the logic, but I don’t think that is what God calls us to do. He expects us to live loudly and largely in our community so that we make a difference. Don’t you think?

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