"I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes" (Job 42:6).
These words come to my mind as I prepare to attend our Ash Wednesday services (3:30 and 7:00 pm today).
Throughout the book of Job, Job complained that he wanted God to come and speak to him. He wanted to charge God with unfairness. Why was God making Job suffering so!
But then the LORD did come and Job was overwhelmed. After four chapters of impossible questions (Job 38-41), Job understands the lesson: "Big God. Little Job. Loving God. Ignorant Job."
Rather than being in a position to question God's power, wisdom and love, Job understood that his very desire to put God on trial was his greatest sin. "I repent in dust and ashes."
It is in the season of Lent that we see God's greatest power, wisdom and love. But God's glory is hidden... Hidden in the cross. Jesus' cross and our cross.
Join us on Wednesdays as we study the "Hidden Glory."
Two Movies You May Want to Watch
On Thursday, March 2nd, Is Genesis History? will be shown at 7 pm at The Ridge. You may want to purchase tickets in advance. Many people told me it was sold out at last week's showing.
Also on Thursday, March 2nd, The Shack will premier. Showings continue throughout the week. This movie is based on a controversial book written by a Christian. The author wanted to share a story that he hoped could bring healing to those who, like Job, have suffered and are angry with God. If you go to see it, or have read the book, Pastor Panitzke invites you to join him in a half-hour discussion of the book this Sunday at 9:15 am in the Trinity Cafe.