God answers from the whirlwind

In preparation for this Sunday’s church service, I thought it would be fun (and hopefully inspirational!) to share my Scriptural Selection for the week, thinking of the message of the Lesson-Sermon as part of the response. Want to learn more? Join us! Information about place and time, as well as the phone number to call in, is at the bottom of the post.

From Job’s speeches in the New Living Translation:

Then Job spoke

“Is not all human life a struggle?
    Our lives are like that of a hired hand,
 like a worker who longs for the shade,
    like a servant waiting to be paid.
I, too, have been assigned months of futility,
    long and weary nights of misery.

 Lying in bed, I think, ‘When will it be morning?’
    But the night drags on, and I toss till dawn.
5My body is covered with maggots and scabs.
    My skin breaks open, oozing with pus.

“My days fly faster than a weaver’s shuttle.

    They end without hope.

I cannot keep from speaking.
    I must express my anguish.
    My bitter soul must complain.

my friends laugh at me,
    for I call on God and expect an answer.
I am a just and blameless man,
    yet they laugh at me.
 People who are at ease mock those in trouble.
    They give a push to people who are stumbling.
But robbers are left in peace,
    and those who provoke God live in safety—
    though God keeps them in his power.

“How frail is humanity!
    How short is life, how full of trouble!
We blossom like a flower and then wither.
    Like a passing shadow, we quickly disappear.”

Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind

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