“At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said:
‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
may the name of the Lord be praised.’
In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
WE MADE IT!! Welcome to week FIVE!! See- Jesus still does miracles! 😉
Did you know that God has boundaries? I had never thought about it before reading the Boundaries book! This week we focus on the boundaries that God has and what it means for our relationship with Him. Isn’t that incredible? He says “enough is enough” in many ways. He allows healthy covenants with us, statements that say “I will do ______, even if you don’t do _____, and I will stay true to my word.”
Walls are built for many reasons, but when we erect a wall in order to keep us disconnected from God, it is never good. God’s boundaries will never put a wall between you and Him. Never. He is more concerned with keeping a conversation with you than with you being removed. True, healthy connection is what God wants for each of us, and He achieves that by breaking down the walls we have constructed.
Look at the life of Job in the Old Testament. He loses all the people He values, his possessions, everything. He is crushed and crying out to God, but he never shuts down the conversation. He continues to have open dialogue with God, even when accusing God and questioning God, and wanting to die. He never built a wall to keep God out of his deepest struggles.
1.) Re-read some of the story of Job, starting at the beginning of the book. How can you identify with his story?
2.) God wants to have a conversation with you today about the loss you have experienced, so let’s chip away at the walls we have built. Those walls were not put in place by God, so we have free reign to demolish them! Ask Him what He wants to say to you today about your walls.
3.) Keep your conversation going today. Don’t build a “work” wall that stops His voice, or a “parent” wall that ignores the Holy Spirit. Model His boundaries that never push us away, but rather call us into deeper relationship when we struggle.