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JOB: STOP, LORD!
My grandson, who is almost 4, wants to play Spiderman, and his mother is more interested in him eating his evening meal. A conflict is arising and voices are raised while mouthfuls of food are being intentionally shovelled into my grandson's mouth. He is in a situation he doesn't like, and so he complains and argues his case before his mother in between the mouthfuls and sometimes during.
To stall things he says with a whining voice in frustration, "I don't like those red things!" referring to the carrots. "Well move them aside and eat the rest" says an equally frustrated Mother. "No Mum!" My grandson has just about raised his voice of complaint to the point of exasperating his mother with his disobedience.
He knows that in a while he will be in big trouble! He does not want to hear his Mother being angry with him and just as he is asked to go to the laundry and shut the door, half way through his mothers sentence he interrupts. He is not willing to hear those words and before she is finished saying them, he says in a loud voice "STOP, MUM!" His reasoning is if his Mum stops everything she is about to say, then he will have time to explain his case further.
Ever feel that way with God - "Lord just stop everything that is happening so that I can have time to think how I can pray? I need time out!"
Job has decided that the only thing he can do is come to God. He says to God in effect "Stop Lord! If you just give me a little parole from my pain, I would be able to pray to You and present to you my side of things". Unlike my grandson, Job is not being disobedient. He just wants relief while he prays. His actual words are in Job 13:20-22 (NLT) "O God, grant me these two things, and then I will be able to face You. Remove Your heavy Hand from me, and don't terrify me with Your awesome presence. Now summon me, and I will answer! Or let me speak to You, and You reply."
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A hunter went out into the forest to shoot a bear. With winter fast approaching he planned to make a warm coat out of the bearskin. Soon he saw a bear coming toward him, he raised his gun and took aim.
"Wait," said the bear, "why do you want to shoot me?"
The hunter replied: "Because I am cold."
The bear replied "But I am hungry, so maybe we can reach an agreement."
In the end, the hunter was well enveloped with the bear's fur, and the bear had eaten his dinner.
The point: Disobedience (even partial) is sin, and we will always lose out when we try to compromise with sin! It will consume us in the end.