Hope Breaks Through

John DeJong

READ : Job 19:13-27 Earlier Job said, “Hope has disappeared!” He mockingly portrays his ignominious end. “Tell the world below to prepare me a bed. Then I would greet the grave as my father and say to the worms, ‘Hello mother and sisters!” Are these also hopeless times? In Los Angeles a new gang has emerged, the 18th Street Gang. It has a presence in every precinct. And chapters are rapidly being established in small and large cities across the …

Job's Mixed Feelings About God Part I

John DeJong

READ : Job 9:14-21 Job’s words in these two chapters portray a man who is confused about God. One thing Job is not confused about is, GOD IS GOD! Some people seem to think that God’s existence is dependent on our opinion; it’s up to our vote. Not so for Job! Job knows and says “God is able to do whatever he wants.” He may complain bitterly about God’s treatment of him but God is always God to Job. How …

No Holds Barred,Anything Goes

John DeJong

READ : Job 8:1-22 The speech of Bildad is typical of what happens when the atmosphere of our relationships becomes confrontational. When our children were young, they were not allowed to use an impersonal he, she, or they. The person’s first name had to be used. Always and never were forbidden because these words were always an exaggeration, and never totally true. I am not sure that their attitudes were always changed, but at least they got the point that …

True Friends? Hardly!

John DeJong

READ : Job 6:14-27 Job needs a friend. He fears he is in danger of losing his faith and his respect for God. His spirit of hope seems to be dying. He cries out, “What have I done wrong to you to make you feel the way you do?” “Why do you consider my words as worthless as wind?” “Why am I, the miserable me, the deeper me, invisible to you?” “Only one look and you run away scared.” A …

Good Words From Good Friends Are Rare

John DeJong

READ : Job 6:14-30 Job has three good friends, temporarily. What happened to make Job’s friends unreliable and dangerous? Last summer as we were going up to Estes Park, Colorado, we saw a beautiful stream beside the road. It was refreshing to look at, quieting to listen to. A good friend should be like that! Then we saw signs saying, “In case of flood, head for higher ground!” Friends should not be like that! Eliphaz’s speech contained encouraging words. Twenty-two …

Job Replies

John DeJong

READ : Job 6:1-13 Job says of his body, “misery and grief touch every nerve, every inch of my skin and all body functions.” He cries out like a braying donkey from his hunger but nothing tastes good. It’s the pain talking! At the bedside of a friend, from his mouth, may come the words, “How I wish God would answer my prayer and do away with me!” What would you think and how would you respond at such a …