God’s Discipline

It’s amazing what God’s discipline does in our lives. I know that I often need to be reminded that I am not God, and that God’s purposes are far loftier than my own. Once again, in today’s Office of Readings, Job puts my frequent experiences into words:

Then Job answered the Lord and said:


I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be hindered.
I have dealt with things that I do not understand;
things too wonderful for me, which I cannot know.
I have heard of you by word of mouth,
but now my eye has seen you.
Therefore I disown what I have said,
and repent in dust and ashes.


Job 40

It’s that repenting in dust and ashes that is the heart of what Job is saying. Lord, grant that I might repent in dust and ashes for all the times when I think I know better than you do.