7 comments on “Scriptures That Bother Me — Job 23:8-9

  1. “It gives me hope to know that my continuing relationship with God does not reside in knowing where God is, but in being sure God knows where I am.” That is a wonderful sentiment and very comforting! Thanks for the reminder that He is always with me, and I can always seek Him.

  2. I AM SOOOO MAD AT YOU>>>> This is what I read last night in a devotional…. BE STILL He says, but answers are what I need.

    Grrrrrr…..

    BBBBBBFHH>>>>>>

  3. Thanks for this, Jim — helps put Job into perspective.

    You made a good point in mentioning agreeing with God when we find it easy and turning away when it’s difficult. But, yes, God is there. We just have to keep quiet and listen, then accept, as hard as it is at times.

  4. I would love to know where God is in relation to where I am. If he is my Heavenly Father, I need to know where he is so I can feel confident where ‘Dad’ is. If I had a relationship like this with my eathly father, I would not look at him again and would run away. As a child of the King, I want to feel a little more special and favoured. It is most of the time a very lonely journey as a Christian in a broken and disjointed family of God.

    I am 45 now and I am tired of pretending that I am happy in church communites that don’t really care and just play the Christian game. The majority don’t want to do the Christian journey with each other, I feel.

    I often sit back and look at the conecpt of Christianity. It’s a hard road of discontinuity and pot holes.

    I rarely feel the Grace of God. I often feel the disgrace of God in my life.

    I want to know who I am and I want to know who God is. I want to share a realtionship with God and his people. I want it to be robust and certain. I want the promises of God to be real and certain and for Him to stand by His Word. I want to feel favoured all the time by God. I want to feel that I am a child of the King. I want to have the power over satan knowing that God is my Father. I want to stand firm and SEE the power of God in my life. I don’t want to feel weak as a Christian nor do I want to belong to a weak Christian body. As Christians, we need to know who we are. We need God to show us who we are, that we are favoured and His. This is the relationship I want with my Heavenly Father. How good life would be if we could talk to God. Yes, it would be a real relationship, one that we could relate to. I wish it would happen.

  5. David,

    Last week I preached on Acts 10. In verse 34 Peter, after the vision of the many animals, says “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism.” I said in my sermon, “God has no favorites because we are all His favorites.”

    Every person on earth has equal access to God. He loves the world so much He gave His Son as a sacrifice to the whole world, not just the good and favorite children. I’m sorry you haven’t found a fellowship of Christians who want to live full out for God. I haven’t either. At least, not a full church like that. I find individuals who desire all of God and work to live in complete obedience to Him by loving others with the love God has shown to us. But I’ve never seen a whole church like that. I’ve seen churches that are more loving and grace-filled than others, and that is always a reflection of the leadership of the church. Churches, like children, take on the values of the parents (pastors). And about the time you think there aren’t any good churches, God will show you 7,000 who haven’t bent the knee to the world (1 Kings 19:18).

    Sometimes the cure for our longing for God comes when we quit trying to meet our own felt needs and turn to meet the actual needs of others. You wrote, ” I want to feel favoured all the time by God. I want to feel that I am a child of the King. I want to have the power over satan knowing that God is my Father. I want to stand firm and SEE the power of God in my life.” When was the last time you helped someone who couldn’t help themselves or had no way of returning the favor? Find a ministry where you touch people’s lives by your presence, not your checkbook. Get involved in sharing the Good News of God’s love and compassion with others, and I know you’ll start to see just how special you already are in God’s eyes. When people get so focused on their own issues and desires that they stop meeting the basic needs of the poor who live all around them, it is then they start to feel sorry for themselves.

    I’m praying for you.

    Jim

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