Truer Than True
Funny Thing #4
Job 8:21 ESV
I totally realize that I have a strange eclectic sense of humor but I thought this funny thing quote #4 was truer than true and terribly funny!
It’s genius, really.
“Someone asked me, if I were stranded on a desert island what book would I bring: ‘How to Build a Boat.’”—Steven Wright
That’s like a ‘well duh’ genius moment.
The thought of being stranded in a place, whether that be physically or emotionally does several things. We either decide to look for a way to escape or we plow past our difficult situation.
I chuckled as I visualized a man standing on a secluded beach on an island reading an instruction book detailing the steps he needed to take to build a sea worthy vessel that would get him back to civilization.
According to his methodology the boat book would solve his problem.
Ask Noah if building a boat was easy. Ask him if it solved all his problems. I don’t think we can begin to imagine the daily nightmares Noah faced with the crew and the animals on the Ark.
I’m pretty sure when Noah started building the boat he had no idea how the plan would come together. Realistically what he did was not possible.
Building the boat was the easy part.
After the boat was finished, the boat crew had to search for every manner and species of animals.
I think that was the easy part, too.
So, the crew had to figure out for every species what a male and a female looked like and the had to catch a male and a female and they had to GET them on the boat.
That was the hard part (they didn’t have the internet!).
Like…how do you herd a rhinoceros? Or a gorilla? How do you get them to follow you? Do you say to a Lion, “Here, kitty, kitty, kitty and expect them to come?
Yet, we take all of what they did for granted. We don’t usually visualized all the steps in between.
I think the same is true for Job. Now Job was a servant of the Lord God who was suddenly smitten with all manner of emotional and physical plagues. Even though his life drastically changed overnight, he wasn’t looking to build so he could sail off into the sunset.
He was looking for a way through his issue.
The problem was that He couldn’t put his hands on why he was in a jam. One day things were fine and the next day everything changed and Job had no idea why.
Then when Job’s “friends” came to console him they were not at all a consoling.
When his good buddy Bildad the Shuhite gave his dissertation to Job he proclaimed in Job 5:5-7, “If you will seek God and plead with the Almighty for mercy, if you are pure and upright, surely then he will rouse himself for you and restore your rightful habitation. And though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great.”
Did it ever occur to you that Job was an upright man who only wanted to serve God?
Bildad assumed that Job was in a tight spot because he had NOT sought God. In Bildad’s way of thinking if Job would repent and seek God then “He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.” (Job 8:21)
What a great loyal friend Bildad was to Job.
I have to wonder why some people are determined to believe the worse thing imaginable? Bildad assumed that Job must have done something to deserve his current really bad situation.
The problem was that Job didn’t deserve his current situation. He was chosen. It was his hour to shine. He was chosen.
Just like Noah didn’t DO anything making it so he would build a boat the save the world. He was simply chosen.
Spiritual Practice: Chosen
We are all chosen. How are you chosen?
In God, Deborah