Enough!

Then Job answered and said: How you have helped him who has no power!  How you have saved the arm that has no strength! How you have counseled him who has no wisdom, and plentifully declared sound knowledge! With whose help have you uttered words, and whose breath has come out from you?
Job 26:1–4
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Enough!
Often times we get to the end of our ropes and have to yell “Enough!” Enough of the fighting, enough of the lying. Enough of the struggling and pain.  Enough is enough! This is the point Job has reached with his friends. They continually offer accusations disguised as advice.  They cannot fathom that the innocent would not suffer as Job is.  It must be his fault.  Job has had enough and response in a biting way.  The verses for today are dripping with sarcasm and scorn.  Recall that the reason Job is in this state is that the devil accuses Job of only obeying God because God has blessed him with so much. It is the devil’s contention that if these blessings were removed then Job’s trust and faith in God would fade away.  Job affirms God’s assessment him as “blameless and upright” (1:1). He does not deny God as his wife had suggested he do. Job has had enough of his friend’s advice and by extension the devil’s tricks and traps.  We would do well to remember Job in our times of struggle and strife.  When we are tempted to throw in the towel and exclaim enough, we need to look to God’s Word.  There we find examples of faithfulness towards God.  In Job we find an example of obedience to God, and foreshadowing of the Christ, whose obedience ultimately cost Him His life.  Christ obeyed the Father unto death on a cross so that we might have live in Him.  Jesus tells sin, death, and the devil, enough! Enough of your grip on God’s people. Enough of your torment of His creation.  Enough of your lies.  Christ crucified fulfilled God’s promise to save His people. His death and resurrection reconciled us to the Father, because Christ is enough.
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