when your problem is its own solution

The Word for today:
Job 6:1 — 7:21

mark this: Job 7:17-18

The Bible is full of irony.

When the results of a set of circumstances don’t match up with what we might expect, that’s ironic.

That a solitary warrior’s death on a cross marks the victory of light and life over darkness and death is the opposite of what we would expect.

One of the ironies of life, and of Scripture, is that often the problem is its own solution. Whatever was going on in Job’s life, it worked; all of the suffering and anguish–it worked.

What was going on throughout the book of Job? Looking at the big picture, God is delivering, transforming, saving, winning. Job is a picture of your transformation (“Ouch!”). The book of Job is about a process.

Don’t look for answers in Job. Look for process. The process is the answer; Job’s problems are the solution.

Bible reading isn’t so much a search for answers as it is time spent with God. The answer isn’t in a verse or a theological principle. The real answer is the Bible’s effect upon you–the Word becomes flesh not only for Jesus, but for all who avail themselves of its transforming power day by day.

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Trying to be who God made me, I am wary of my influences. I avoid the culture that surrounds me, for the most part. I soaked up that crap for 40 years. I am trying to replace the word of the world with the unvarnished Word of God.** I like people, but I like solitude just as much. Go figure.** I adore Jesus Christ. I am flipped-out, flamingly and fervently in love with Him. I count it a privilege to draw breath in His universe. All my springs are in Him.** I am crazy about my wife, Shelley. She outshines the sun. I can't help it if I'm lucky.** My heroes are my kids--Caitlin, Gwenlyn, Frankie, & Eddy. I aspire to be like them when I grow up.
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