August 22 Marked

photo by Kevin Schneider

photo by Kevin Schneider

Job 4:1-7:21; 1 Corinthians 14:18-40; Psalm 37:30-40; Proverbs 21:27

“What is man that you make so much over him, that you give him so much attention, that you examine him every morning and test him every moment? Will you never look away from me, or let me alone even for an instant? If I have sinned, what have I done to you, O Watcher of men? Why have you made me your target?” Job 7:17-20

Job was a man who felt “marked” by God. What had he done to make God so angry that the Lord of the Universe would take everything but his life–and his wife–from him? All of his possessions. All of his 10 children. Even his health.

Job wanted to die rather than go on living the mystery–and misery–that was now his life.

Yes, Job was a “marked” man, but not in the way he thought he was. He was marked as faithful by a God who loved him and preserved him during his times of great suffering.

I’m marked, too, with the sign of the cross on my heart. I may encounter extreme loss and pain, but nothing will ever be able to separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus, my Lord.

Lord God, suffering is a mystery. We long for answers, for some “good” to come out of the pain. May we look to the Cross–to Jesus who suffered and died for the sins of the world. It was suffering at its height–as You turned your back on your beloved Son–and He was totally alone. When we suffer, may we remember that you do not leave us alone–that you give us strength and hope for each day. In that we rejoice. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.


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