Are you feeling the cleansing power of God's Word in your life? I sure have. Reading Job was a great time for me to be instructed how not to counsel others who are hurting.
It peruses the age old question of man. Why do the righteous suffer? Then there is the flip side. Why do the wicked prosper? Only God knows each mans personal struggle and He is not working in a punishing mode but is refining as gold....(Job 23:10 "But He knows the way I take; when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.) Trials come so that we will see the glory of God, who He is. (Job 42:5 "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You.") Job had known of God, holy in all He does and now he personally knows God. The result of this experience? verse 6 "Therefore I retract, and I repent in dust and ashes."
Job's confession and repentance finally took place. He still did not know why but the complaining and questions ceased. He was now ready to rest in who God is accepting His will without question.
There are lessons here for all of us as we journey through this new year. I won't tell you what your lesson is. That's up to God. My lesson is to serve and trust Him not for what I can get but because He is God. There are sure to be refresher courses along the way....