Chapter-a-Day Job 35

2008 12 31 Table Set for New Years LR "When times get bad, people cry out for help. They cry for relief from being kicked around, But never give God a thought when things go well, when God puts spontaneous songs in their hearts." Job 35:9-10 (MSG)

There are several snippets of God's message that I've committed to memory. Some, because I consciously chose to memorize them, and others because they just seemed to stick their on their own. One of the lines that just sort of stuck is this one: "When you have eaten and are satisfied, thank the Lord your God for the good land he has given you."

That little verse comes up almost every time I enjoy a good meal. This week, as my wife and I have been vacationing with friends, we've spent every evening at the table together. Three families enjoying great food, great wine, and amazing conversation together. In that moment when I feel the satisfaction of being full, when I sigh with contentment and stretch back from the table, then the verse comes popping out of my soul. "When you have eaten and are satisfied, thank the Lord your God for the good land he has given you."

I don't want to be like those Elihu describes in Job 35. I'd like to spend every day recognizing and thanking God for the good land, good family, good friends, good chuch, and good home He has given me.

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Job 35”

  1. People are arrogantly indifferent to God—
    until, of course, they’re in trouble,
    and then God is indifferent to them.
    Wow…it’s in the Bible, but hard for me to understand. So on 9/11 when people flooded churches to cry out to God…was He indifferent? I never thought about this. I assumed that God was always watching, always sad when people weren’t interested in His plan. I also assumed (like with the prodigal) that He welcomed everyone back with open arms. Elihu seems to think differently. Good point of thought for me as I drive 4+ hours today:)

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Chapter-a-Day Job 35

2008 12 31 Table Set for New Years LR "When times get bad, people cry out for help. They cry for relief from being kicked around, But never give God a thought when things go well, when God puts spontaneous songs in their hearts." Job 35:9-10 (MSG)

There are several snippets of God's message that I've committed to memory. Some, because I consciously chose to memorize them, and others because they just seemed to stick their on their own. One of the lines that just sort of stuck is this one: "When you have eaten and are satisfied, thank the Lord your God for the good land he has given you."

That little verse comes up almost every time I enjoy a good meal. This week, as my wife and I have been vacationing with friends, we've spent every evening at the table together. Three families enjoying great food, great wine, and amazing conversation together. In that moment when I feel the satisfaction of being full, when I sigh with contentment and stretch back from the table, then the verse comes popping out of my soul. "When you have eaten and are satisfied, thank the Lord your God for the good land he has given you."

I don't want to be like those Elihu describes in Job 35. I'd like to spend every day recognizing and thanking God for the good land, good family, good friends, good chuch, and good home He has given me.

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