Live Like Job - Week 6 (Monday Morning Devotion)

monday morning devotion with lutheran indian ministries live like job pastor ricky jacob winnebago nebraska

This series, written by Pastor Ricky Jacob, who is serving the Winnebago people of Nebraska, looks at the story of Job and helps us discover how to live a life of faith like him.

Need to start at the beginning? Here's week 1


For thirty-five chapters God is silent. For thirty-five chapters Job cries out. But God? He says nothing.

God finally speaks. In the middle of the storm, God speaks. To the father who holds a rose taken from his son’s coffin, God speaks. To the wife who holds the flag taken from her husband’s casket, God speaks. To the couple with the barren womb and the fervent prayers, God speaks. Our God speaks in the storm and his voice thunders with majesty, power, and authority.

Job 38:1: “Then the Lord [Yahweh] answered Job out of the storm.” This storm has huge thunderclouds, replete with flashes of lightning going back and forth. It’s a massive show of force!

For thirty-five chapters Job is consumed with all kinds of questions. Where is God? Why is this happening? When will this end? How could God do this to me? But the most important question is not when, why, what, or how. It is who. Who is the God behind all of this? And who is the question that is answered in Job 38–41. Instead of an explanation from God, we receive a revelation of God.

“Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?” (Job 38:2). Job doesn’t respond. “Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me” (Job 38:3). Job keeps quiet. The tables are turned. Instead of Job questioning God, now God questions Job.

“Then Job answered the Lord: ‘I am unworthy—how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth. I spoke once, but I have no answer— twice, but I will say no more’” (Job 40:3–5). Job surrenders. He stops pressing for an explanation from God and instead receives a revelation of God.

We don’t have a God who is distant, far off, or disconnected. We have a God who is with us, a God who speaks in the storm and becomes like us in Christ Jesus. Are you broken? He was broken. Are you hurting? He hurt. Do you cry? He cried.

How about us? Well, I can give up on God. Or I can receive the revelation and stop insisting on an explanation. Then I surrender, like Job. I declare my declaration of dependence. And what does that look like? Jesus gives us the words. “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” I dare to pray these words because a revelation of this God beats any explanation, every time. Amen.

This has been Pastor Ricky Jacob of Jesus Our Savior Lutheran Church and preschool, of Winnebago. I close with the words of Good News of Job: “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth" [Job 19:25 NIV].

Live Like Job - Week 5 (Monday Morning Devotion)

monday morning devotion with lutheran indian ministries live like job pastor ricky jacob winnebago nebraska

This series, written by Pastor Ricky Jacob, who is serving the Winnebago people of Nebraska, looks at the story of Job and helps us discover how to live a life of faith like him.

Need to start at the beginning? Here's week 1


Throughout most of his book, Job thinks that God is trying to kill him—literally. However, Job writes, “When he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” God is after a golden character, a mature Christian faith, a life marked by depth and compassion. So God takes strange and distasteful events, works them together and creates lives of beauty. The secret is understanding how it all works together. There are five ingredients:

1st ingredient is Shock: No one is fully prepared for that time when you get a call that something tragic has happened to your loved one. Or when you’re at the doctor’s office and he says the “C” word—cancer. When those things happen, it’s like jumping into a bitterly cold lake. When you jump in, immediately the shock to your system takes your breath away.  After Job lost everything, he was in shock.

2nd ingredient is Sorrow: Whatever happened to the God who loves us and has a wonderful plan for our lives? In chapter 23, when Job gives voice to his sorrow, he feels as though it’s falling on divine deaf ears. Job starts looking for God—but God is nowhere to be found. If Job is a true and worthy servant of God, why then is God evading him and ignoring him?

3rd ingredient is Struggle: Job says, “Even today my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy in spite of my groaning” (Job 23:2). Why do we struggle with God? There are two reasons: #1, we doubt his wisdom. And therefore, #2, we want to be in control. Life is tough. You can let it beat you down and you can get down and stay down the rest of your life. But if you keep struggling like Job, you learn from your losses, you profit from your pain, and you advance from your adversity.

4th ingredient is Sanctification: Sanctification is God’s process of making us more like Jesus. Too often we think that God’s plan is to make us happy. I’m sorry to have to break the news to you, but that’s not the plan. The plan is to make us holy, to make us more like Jesus. Every problem has a purpose. We are transformed by our troubles. God specializes in bringing good out of bad.

5th ingredient is Service: God wants to take our greatest pain and turn it into our life’s proclamation. He wants to use our mess for a message. He wants to use our tests for a testimony. There’s a plan, a divine plan, a plan where all things are working for our good and the Father’s glory. The secret is understanding how it all works together.

This has been Pastor Ricky Jacob of Jesus Our Savior Lutheran Church and preschool, of Winnebago. I close with the words of Good News of Job: “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end, he will stand upon the earth" [Job 19:25 NIV]