Prayer for the day
Be joyful in the LORD, all you lands; serve the LORD with gladness and come before his presence with a song.
Scripture for the day
Job faced his fair share of adversity. He was sick, he was devastated, his family was killed. He had seen the brightest and best of all that he had achieved brought to ruin in front of him. Yet it seems that in his awful predicament, one of the most painful aspects is the fact that his friends, younger men than he, sit and mock him. They don’t believe his protestations of innocence, choosing their own theological agenda over their knowledge of their friend. In fact, Job is ridiculed by almost everyone that knows him, because of his insistence on the truth of his integrity.
He continues in this passage to protest his innocence, but seasons this protest with fairly severe pronouncements against those who would mock and scoff at him.
Job’s point seems to be that the mockers and the scoffers will get theirs in the end, and that he will be justified in the end.
Paul and Barnabas attract their fair share of mockery and scoffing as well. They are mocked for their belief in Jesus, for their interpretation of the scriptures, and for their unwavering commitment to this new way of life, this new economy.
They quote the prophets who said “Look, you scoffers,
wonder and perish,
for I am going to do something in your days
that you would never believe,
even if someone told you.”
Not only will those who do not believe but mock and scoff be in some pretty serious difficulty when what they disbelieve is proved right, they are seeing the proof before their eyes at the very moment, and are still disbelieving.
This is not about blind belief. They see, yet they disbelieve their eyes. They hear, but disbelieve their ears and choose mockery instead.
May we make a better choice.