Something from Eugene Peterson’s Solo again today.
READ: Job 9 – While you’re reading this passage – Job’s response to tragedy – notice the powerful feelings that underlie his words: fear, anger, grief, & hope.
THINK: What phrase in Job’s lament stands out to you? Spend time meditating on it. Mentally chew it the way you would chew a piece of gum – repeat it to yourself, pausing each time to see where it leads your mind and emotions.
PRAY: Keeping your phrase – the one that stood out to you – in mind, picture God in the room with you. How do you relate to his presence? Maybe you sit in reverence at his power, wisdom, and justice, realizing you’ve forgotten or minimized those qualities lately. Maybe you feel anguish like Job. Maybe you open up to your desire for a rescuer, for Christ’s mercy.
At the end of this time, recall what this experience held for you. Write down for future reference anything that seemed significant.
LIVE: During the next week, before you begin your times of prayerful reading and devotions, recall your picture of God in the room. Recollect who he was to you and retain this image of him in your mind during each prayer time. Let that aspect of God mingle with the God you relate to during the week.