Thanks to those who waded into my last post with helpful concerns, questions, and observations.
Let me offer here a shorter take on what I’m asking you to test with me.
Once again, am starting with the assumption that the Scriptures are a God-breathed treasure written over a period of 1,500 years, by about 40 different authors…not to us… but for us (Heb 1:1-2; 2Tim 3:16).
To move our conversation forward, what if, in reading the Story of our God, we focused a little less on trying to determine the truth of issues that are beyond our ability to handle, while being more concerned about being true to what our God and Savior has clearly reveal about himself and people like us?
Also again, let’s stay with the Spirit’s use of Job as a subplot to the bigger story of Jesus. How much do you think might change for the better in us if, in our own circumstances, we focused on being true to what we know about our God and the needs of those around us– as Job was before his season of his testing. (See Job’s longing recall of days past in chapters 29-31. In the middle of his suffering he remembers days of blessing that enabled him to be eyes to the blind, strength for the weak, a provider for widows and orphans, and an advocate for those being falsely accused. He recalled a pact he had made with his eyes to be a respecter of women rather than a user of them).
Is it possible that praying to be true to what we are learning about our God could be more pleasing to our Father than dividing over which of us is getting the best scores on speaking with the eloquence of angels—or solving the mysteries of the Bible? (1Cor 13:1-3) Would a focus of wanting to align our hearts with the honesty, compassion, justice, mercy, kindness, patience, and goodness of our God move us toward Christ-centeredness/likeness?