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Day 109: 1 Samuel 28-31 Psalm 18

I found Psalm 18 : 20-24 interesting, especially in regards to David’s righteousness… and I guess my interest goes back to the idea that if you are doing the right things you get rewarded and if you are being bad you’ll be punished… was this the case for David? Is this the case now?   Eh… I don’t know?!  Here are the verses:

 20 The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
   according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD;
   I am not guilty of turning from my God.
22 All his laws are before me;
   I have not turned away from his decrees.
23 I have been blameless before him
   and have kept myself from sin.
24 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
   according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

David’s a cool dude, but later on we learn he’s not perfect, not by a long shot… So there is a flaw in the formula: good things happen to good people, bad things happen to bad people. The flaw is simple: we’re people  and therefore flawed regardless of how well we try, we will always fall short. Additionally it’s just not always true, bad things happen to good people sometimes. 

What am I REALLY getting at?  I guess to me it’s important to give credit where credit is due.  Striving to be righteous, to do the right thing in everything we do IS important… it’s not important because it gets us good things but because it brings us closer to God.  The good things are icing on the cake.. THE CAKE is our relationship with God!  It’s a walk, it’s a journey and doing what’s right is a part of that journey.  Another part is giving credit where credit is due.  Do we get where we are in life because WE got us there or because GOD got us there?!   I’m not really big on bragging about my righteousness.  I guess we all  do brag some, but I just feel like it’s dangerous to call attention to how “good” I’ve been. So I struggle relating to this aspect of David, but David is VERY good at giving God the glory where glory is deserved!  For example:

 30 As for God, his way is perfect:
   The LORD’s word is flawless;
   he shields all who take refuge in him.
31 For who is God besides the LORD?
   And who is the Rock except our God?
32 It is God who arms me with strength
   and keeps my way secure.
33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
   he causes me to stand on the heights.
34 He trains my hands for battle;
   my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You make your saving help my shield,
   and your right hand sustains me;
   your help has made me great.
36 You provide a broad path for my feet,
   so that my ankles do not give way.


The Orthodox Paradox

Day 12 Job 32-34 

Elihu, who I’m sure is bristling about the young whippersnapper comments just made by Job, is out to prove himself wise.. and doesn’t do a half bad job at it.  Elihu is still saying Job must have done something wrong… just not being too specific in what he thinks Job did wrong other than quoting back what Job’s been saying.  So he’s a lot nicer than the other “friends” who invented crimes of Job to explain Job’s circumstances.  Elihu is right when he says God can’t be wrong..  He didn’t make a mistake in regards to Job, and it was good of Elihu to point this out because Job is getting really close to saying “I’m not wrong, God is wrong.”  However, Elihu is wrong about Job’s character… Job never claimed to be sinless, but he is righteous (meaning he does the right thing). He hasn’t done anything Big to deserve punishment of such a magnitude… Would it be so bad to take Elihu’s advice and say to God, “Obviously I’m guilty of something big, whatever it is I will stop, but God can you show me what I’m being punished for?”  You know Job hasn’t really been all that humble…  BUT, again we’re still stuck in this Orthodox way of thinking… that when we are in pain (emotional, physical, circumstantial) that it is God punishing us.  That’s not what happened to Job.. so what’s really going on and what is the deeper lesson to all this?

Was Job 33: 23-30 a Jesus sighting?!