“Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll, that they were inscribed with an iron tool on lead, or engraved in rock forever!”
(Job 19:23-24 NIV)
I love the book of Job. While many are quick to overlook it for its gloomy tone, I admire it for its rich content. I especially like Job’s words because in his deep sorrow, Job spoke some great and wise words. Here are two of my favourite passages from Job that I came to appreciate during the dark times in my life:
“I long for the past, when God took care of me, and the light from his lamp showed me the way through the dark. I was in the prime of life, God All-Powerful was my closest friend.” (Job 29:2-4 CEV)
“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’ My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”’ (Job 42:2-6 NIV)
The dark times mend our speech.