Scripture Nugget 1.26.2017
Scripture Read – Job 7-8
Nugget Job 7:17-20a
“What are human beings, that you make so much of them, that you set your mind on them, visit them every morning, test them every moment? Will you not look away from me for a while, let me alone until I swallow my spittle? If I son, what do I do to you, you watcher of humanity? Why have you made me your target?”
Devotional thought: Yesterday’s nugget started with, “Why, O LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” (Psalm 10:1) Last week, part of the nugget we read said, “what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet.” (Psalm 8:5-6) Can’t we make up our mind? Is God far off or does He crowd our space? Why does God care? It’s because the responsibility God gives humanity, gives to each – crowned with glory and honor, made a little lower than God, but above all else, God gives a huge responsibility – to have dominion over creation, to be fruitful and multiply, to till and keep. Paul addressed his letter to the church in Corinth to those “called to be saints.” He opened the meat of this letter saying: “Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.” (1 Cor 1:10) God’s focus is on humanity because of the responsibility God gives us, God visits and checks up just as God came to walk with Adam and Eve, to solidify relationship and chart course for the next day. O God that I would be standing in the wide-open spaces waiting for you to walk with me; not behind the foliage attempting to hide my sins……. Praise be to God that grace goes before us, tracks us done, makes us whole and increasingly holy as we walk with God.