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Driving up Hwy 1 from the hospital back to the office today, the sheer
beauty of God's creation startled me. To the right, was the forested area
of Monterey to the left was an amazing view of the Bay. For a split second,
I didn't know whether to look to the left or the right. Finally, I decided
to move my attention back to the road in front of me. That's when I saw
it-a powder blue VW (not one of those new fiberglass forgeries, it was
the real deal-an old-fashioned bug) with a bumper sticker that said, "I
want to be a Cadillac when I grow up."
Have you ever wanted to be someone else? Like David with your foot on
Goliath's armor and your hands held high in victory? Or Simon Peter when
Jesus said, "upon this rock I'll build my church?" Have you ever wanted
to be Job? Not me. Who would?
Face it, the guy had it rough. He suffered severe loss all because he
was righteous. He lost his family, his fortune, his health. The only thing
he got to keep was that wife of his and his so-called friends. Yet he never
cursed God. Yea, there was a time or two where his spirits got low, like
the time he said: "The truth is that the wicked live to a good old age.
They grow old and wealthy.  They live to see their children grow to
maturity, and they enjoy their grandchildren.  Their homes are safe
from every fear, and God does not punish them.  Their bulls never fail
to breed. Their cows bear calves without miscarriage.  Their children
skip about like lambs in a flock of sheep.  They sing with tambourine
and harp. They make merry to the sound of the flute.  They spend their
days in prosperity; then they go down to the grave in peace." (Job 21:7-13
As he scraped his sores with broken pottery, lamented the loss of everything
he had and listened to the poor council of his friends, Job must have envied
the wicked. But he remained faithful. He said, "Though he slay me, yet
will I trust in him" (Job 13:15 KJV) On second thought, perhaps Job may
just the greatest hero of them all. No, I don't want to go through what
he went through, but if I had to, I'd want to be just like him.
Read Pouting Prophet
the sermon that corresponds to this devotional.