The Perspective of Job (#672)

For one listener, our podcast on Seeing God as He Really Is filled him with thoughts of unbelief, or so he wrote to Wayne and Brad. They unpack his concerns as they once again encounter the question as to whether God always wants to heal sicknesses? And, what do we conclude if he doesn't? Living in God's ultimate purpose in a broken Creation, doesn't allow for easy answers to those questions. But he does offer to be our guide through anything life can throw at us. They end with a discussion about Job's journey and the insights it gives us to following God when our circumstances are not what we desire.

Podcast Notes:
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  1. Great discussion (again!)
    Thank you for opening up your own lives and perspectives and intentionally promoting conversations so frequently avoided in many Christian circles.

  2. Sometimes I wonder if we make things too complicated in how we approach God. As the story goes shortly after Job lost everything it says of him; “Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. Then later, he spends a good amount of time speculating with his church buddies about the nature of God.

    I think most folks, especially those not brought up in religious homes are automatically seeking God. I remember being a 4-year-old latch key rancher kid and one day thinking while I was outside that I was eventually going to die one day and then looking up to the sky. In my early teens, I was kind of attracted to the emerging new-agey spirituality, as it seemed friendlier than the bible-god that I only knew as a set of rules. Years later, the week I was turning 40, in the greatest sense of desperation that I have ever known, I simply bowed my head one day, closed my tear filled eyes and simply cried out to God to; “help me!”. Then under the discipleship of the Holy Spirit, I soon began to follow Christ. Next, under the urging of my church buddies, I became a Pharisee. Then, years later, I would begin my own pharisectomy. That’s what I got for following men too closely. Men will, unless they are led by the spirit, lead you away from Christ.

  3. When I heard about your sinus problem, I was reminded of 2 Corinthians 1: 3-7.
    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.”

  4. So helpful!! I am actually teaching on Mark 11:1-25 tomorrow in a women’s bible study and I was praying about how to address this particular topic, graciously. Thank you for this discussion! Clarity and simplicity! Our focus is never self it’s always God and his picture and plan is much bigger than just you and I. What we expect and how he answers often are two different things. So let our focus be on him and not on ourselves so we can have better understanding for a much bigger plan than our own!

  5. This may be insignificant but for what it’s worth, the podcasts seem to be misnumbered. I have The Perspective of Job actually being podcast number 675, not 672.

  6. I’m glad you remember the quality of our « frietjes », Wayne! Also our chocolate! I hope you will tell this also to our mutual Swiss friend! Dispite rhe fact that your president calls our country a hellhole, Belgian beers are also the best in the world, but it’s difficult to convince you if you don’t like to drink beer our wine… ?

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