OT: Job 37:1-39:30
Elihu goes on and on and on, and finally, God interrupts him.
God then unleashes a torrent of words at Job, a series of questions designed to show Job what the difference is between him and God. God asks, "Did you do this," "Do you know this," "Were you there when," and the answer is always no. My favorite question is in verse 38:36:
"Who endowed the heart with wisdom
or gave understanding to the mind?"
The bottom line for those who believe in God is that every ounce of your logic and understanding comes from Him. When we rail against God or accuse Him of unfairness or injustice, we are using the mental tools that He created. Ultimately then, it just strikes me as useless to rail against God's "unfairness." I believe wholeheartedly in questioning Him in order to learn and to understand Him, but I fully understand that my very means of questioning Him is a gift from Him.
NT: 2 Cor. 4:13-5:10
I love verses 16-18:
"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving a for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
LOVE it. It is always a good reminder that my biggest worries and worst fears are actually "light and momentary troubles." In those times, it is such a comfort to think about heaven, where all the suffering on earth will have passed away.
I also love the analogy of our bodies being a tent. Since right now I happen to have a splitting headache, I am very much in agreement with such an analogy:).
David sounds very much like Job today, questioning God's harsh treatment even though "we had not forgotten you or been false to your covenant" (17). He ends by begging God to help him.
Apparently, this is a proverb about a lazy person's excuses not to go outside.