God Affected by Humanity?
by Karen Duff
As Elihu talks to Job, he seems to take the perspective that God is disinterested in the affairs of humanity, and is unmoved by the plight of the oppressed. Reading Elihu’s words I become a bit disheartened! Surely God is actively present with his creation. Surely he cares about us!

Here again, I am glad that Elihu is not speaking for God, nor from God's perspective. The words in this chapter strike me as a bit heartless, and lacking empathy. God, however, has revealed Himself as lovingly responsive to humanity; to each one of us individually. The Bible is filled with examples of God’s loving kindness, of His attunement to His creation; His redemptive work on our behalf. Remembering these examples of God’s self-disclosure is the antidote to my initial response to today’s reading.

In verse seven I’m reminded of the lengths to which God goes in order to be in relationship with me. While it is true that I cannot give anything to God--that is, by my righteousness, increase God in any way--God is moved, affected, pleased with my efforts to offer back to him what he has entrusted to me. This “offering back” can take many forms. The most impactful may be the giving back of my life, my moments in relationship with Him, that I might be part of drawing others into a life-changing relationship with Jesus.

It is my willingness, not the scope of the outcome, which delights God.


Karen DuffAbout Karen Duff
I’m a Christ follower who is pleased to be a member of Browncroft. I happily serve the body of Christ as part of the Connections Team at the Information Desk.
Prayer of the Week
Father, thank you for being active in my life; for speaking so I can hear and listening so I can speak. I rejoice that you are firm in your purpose: redemption of your creation! Help me participate in your redemptive work on the earth, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Weekly Memory Verse
He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction, to the comfort of your table laden with choice food.
-Job 36:16
Monthly Spiritual Practice
Solitude
We develop relationships by spending time with people. We develop our relationship with God the same way. This month regularly set aside time to be alone with God. Invite him to be with you for at least 15 minutes. Invite him to join in whatever you are doing. Maybe you just want to sit and tell him about your day or something going on in your life that’s important. Sure, he knows, but he likes hearing it from you.