Prayer: May the words we listen to be those of knowledge from you, Lord. Amen
Reading: Job 38:1-11 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind: "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?" (Job 38: 1)
At this point in the story of Job, after all the human participants have had their say, God finally speaks. God speaks for two whole chapters. Job barely gets in three sentences pretty much with his hand over his mouth and then God goes on again for another two chapters. Pretty clear who is supposed to be doing the talking and who is to be doing the listening.
In today's world of technology - tweets, news pundits, analysts, talk shows - we are innundated with far too many irresponsible words. Dark counsel of words without knowledge indeed! We need to filter out the nonsense and pontificating. We need to remember whose talking we should be listening to and how much talking we ourselves should be doing. God, our refuge and strength, is our source of knowledge and it won't be coming in a tweet.
-- Alice Yeakel
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