I read verses 2-5a of Job 29,
“Oh that I were as in months gone by,
As in the days when God watched over me;
3 When His lamp shone over my head,
And by His light I walked through darkness;
4 As I was in the prime of my days,
When the friendship of God was over my tent;
5 When the Almighty was yet with me,”
and I immediately thought, “Oh how the heart of God must have hurt over this sentiment of Job.” Then as I continued reading my mind went back to that thought and I began to wonder, “Does the heart of God spend a lot of time worrying about what we think or is that a component of our sinful nature that the Lord does not possess?”
I mean is God worried from an emotional position that Job misunderstands Him? Or is it only to the degree that such a misunderstanding would lead Job to sin that God’s heart would be concerned?
It seems to me like it would be the latter rather than the former but I can’t say with absolute certainty.
I also thought when I read that passage as I have through much of Job, “Wow God sure sees faithfulness different than we define it in the church.” Such a statement as Job’s in most our modern churches would have all the people worried for this individuals eternal salvation.
Tomorrow’s Reading (I’m 6 days behind): Jeremiah 12-16