Devotions By Jan

Wind Damage

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Scripture for Today:  Job 8:2-3  “How long will you say these things, and the words of your mouth be a mighty wind?  Does God pervert justice?  Or does the Almighty pervert what is right?”

I am fortunate not to live in hurricane country.  I have lived through some pretty strong winds though.  I remember one time watching my husband through our windshield literally being swept off of his feet!  Thankfully, he was holding on to the car so he could not go far!  I am glad I have never experienced the kind of wind damage pictured here.  It must have been a mighty wind to blow down this tree!

Our verse for today talks about a different kind of mighty wind.  The words that come out of our mouths can do just as much damage.  Bildad asked this question in response to the doubts Job had just expressed.

It is understandable that Job would question what God was doing in his life.  It did not seem that what was happening was fair.  His words came from the anguish of his spirit and the bitterness of his soul (7:11).  But his words were in fact a mighty wind that could cause damage if those words questioned the justice of God.

So many times I do not have a clue as to what God is doing or why.  In my life or in the lives of others it can seem that God is not dealing fairly.  But that cannot be true as He is just.  If I express to others that He is unjust, than my words can cause untold damage around me.

I may question what You are doing, Lord.  So often I do not understand.  But may I always cling to the truth of Your justice!

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