Humor Me, Lord: Who’s in Charge Here, Anyway?

Note to the learner: Everything in the universe, or at least my universe has worked against the publication of this particular study. Read it, and you’ll see why.  By the end, the enemy is exposed. Naked. And you, dear ones, are empowered. It must be good stuff.

And we’re off like a herd of turtles on the second installment of the Humor Me, Lord bible study series.

I’m ready. You’re ready, right?

Bible? (No comment on the digital versions. I’m sniffing my calfskin leather and listening to the crackle of onionskin pages now. Nanny, nanny, boo-boo. Maturity is my area of spiritual gifting. Clearly.)

Notebook?

Humor Me, Lord Nature of God worksheet type thingy?

Pens/pencils?

Quiet study area?

Ample time?

Teachable spirit?

Sense of humor?

Likewise, clean pants? You never know.

You did pray, didn’t you? It’s okay if you didn’t. I’ll wait. I’ll just be in the kitchen eating something tasteless and healthy while you do. Let me know when you’re done so I can put down my rabbit food.

Oh, and you might need this one, the Humor Me, Lord Who’s in Charge Here, Anyway Study 05132011 worksheet type thingy. Print it, complete it with me here now, and then store it in your notebook behind the Meet the Family worksheet we did together last time.

Wait, sorry. The OCD part of me got carried away. Put it wherever you like. Over.

Off we go (remember the bold-faced numbers here correspond to those on your Who’s in Charge Here, Anyway worksheet type thingy)…

Think back to two weeks ago today. You completed your first lesson in the Humor Me, Lord study. You laughed, you learned, you realized something about God that maybe you’d never caught before.  Take a minute. Don’t rush your memory.

Heck, at my age, trying to rush it is as futile as trying to straighten out my crooked, middle toe once and for all. It ain’t happenin’.

1. What major (or minor) realization did you come to in the previous lesson? What was your ‘aha’ moment in that space in time?   What made you slap your forehead with the palm of your hand and say, “By George, I think I’ve got it!”?

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I don’t know who George is, or why we do things ‘by’ him, so don’t bother overthinking that one or even Googling it. I know I’m not.

Probably not.

2. What application did you make into your life from that study?  Meaning, how did the ‘new’ stuff you learned about God rock (change) your world? (If we learn from God’s word but never really apply it, is it really learning? See also: The Pharisees. What? I’m just sayin’.)
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3. How did God reveal His sense of humor to you in that lesson? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Me? I’m still cracked up over the Helpmate-of-the-Year (Job 2:9). But that’s just me.

4. Now, reread Job 1-2. Yes, I know you’ve read them before. I’ve done push-ups before, but guess what? I’m gonna do ‘em again. And so are you. Read, friend. Repetition makes the heart grow fonder. Wait, is that right? Something like that. Anyway, read.

5. Fill-in-the-blank down below: Job is, generally speaking, a _______________ person. (You can use more than one describing word.) Just jog your memory about what kind of dude we’re dealing with here. Be sure to link your conclusion to the verse from which it came. Primarily because what you think is not nearly as important as what God thinks. Truth is truth, and I aim to tell it. *Wince.* Love you.

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6. In your Bible, if it’s not against your religion, use a pen or pencil to underline Job 1:6 and Job 2:1. If you had a take an educated guess, how would you, from these verses, define the nature of the relationship between God and Satan? I mean, who’s in charge here, anyway? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Here’s the way I see it: God is sitting up there in heaven, doin’ His thang, when the sons of God come for their regular reporting. The angels are reportin’ for duty, y’all! They’re getting their marching orders for the day/week/month/millennium/whatever.

“Gabriel, do this. Michael, do that. Shirley, go here. Josephine, go there,” God says.

I don’t know who Shirley and Josephine are. I just made those up in the spirit of angel-gender equality. You get the idea, though.

But, wait! Guess who’s among them? Guess who has to show up to get his marching orders on a recurring basis, too?

Hold on, hold on, hold on. Then that means that, every time something goes bad in my life, that Satan wasn’t allowed to make it so without prior approval? More specifically, without prior approval from The God of the Universe, the very One who loves me so much that He sacrificed His only Son (John 3:16) for my pathetic tail?

That last part’s a paraphrase.

But it is pathetic, although, after several weeks with Jillian, it may or may not be perking up just a bit.

7. So, now that you know, what does knowing this about God’s relationship to Satan mean in your life?
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8. On a scale of 1 to 10, if you are a child of the Most High God, how empowering is this information?
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I’m going with a 12. But that’s just me.

That’s right, child. Sit up a little straighter. Hold your head a little higher. Breathe a little deeper.  It’s all under control.

Now, back to the story:

That punk with the smart mouth (Job 1:7;2 2:2), jet black hair, clothes, and fingernails and Liquid-Paper white face? That’s Satan showing up for his check-in so he won’t get grounded.

Probably he’s got one of those wallets with the chain. And a nose ring.

God looks at him, like every parent who already knows the answer to the question, and asks, “What are you up to these days?”, and the punk answers, “Nothin’. Just walkin’ around. I ain’t tellin’ you.”

God must have thought Satan was bored. Everyone knows that people get into the most trouble when they have time on their hands. So, He made a suggestion.

I guess even Lucy-fer needs purpose.

9. Reread Job 1:8. Whose idea was this whole thing? _____________________________________________________________________________

Wait, what? It wasn’t Satan walking around looking for someone to destroy? Satan didn’t ‘get permission’ so much as it was recommended to him? What kind of loving God would do that? I get that He’s in charge now, but is He just up there playing with me? Am I his little chew toy? Is He just sittin’ up there thinking up things for Satan to do at my expense so the punk won’t get bored? That ain’t right!

As the first chapter comes to a close, Job’s life is in shambles. The only thing he’s got left is his ‘darling’ wife. And he’s about to get sores, the only cure for which, apparently, is to scrape them with broken pottery. Homeboy’s life’s become horrendous in the course of one conversation. He didn’t have a bad year, or a bad month, or a challenging season of life. He didn’t even have a bad day. He had a bad conversation, y’all!

But, still, he gets it.

10. Read Job 1:20-21. What was Job’s first response, found in verse 20? I mean, after she tore his robe and shaved his head and fell to the ground, of course.  ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

I have to ask myself, “During what percentage of your life’s trials is your first response (after you tear your robe, shave your head, and fall to the ground) to worship?”

The answer ain’t something I’m proud of. Our me-centric culture, consisting of I-pods, MySpace, and Mii’s on the Wii, my time at Burger King, where I can have it my way, the American dream of pulling myself up by my bootstraps to make something of myself, has led me to believe that I somehow deserve better treatment than the trials life throws at me.  I shake my fist at the heavens and shout, “Why me, Lord?” when my car makes a funny noise or my water filter in my refrigerator needs to be changed.

Oh, the humanity of it all!

Now, who do I sound like? No wonder the Helpmate-of-the-Year is hilarious to me. Maybe, just maybe, I am her sometimes.

Minus the cursing God part, of course. Of course.

But Job, at least for the moment, gets it.

11. Reread Job 1:20-21. In your own words, restate what Job says here: __________________________________________________________________

He didn’t have access to bible commentaries, no TBN, no fancy preacher to interpret the scriptures for him, no God for Dummies book. He didn’t have rosary beads or a prayer cloth. No hymnal or JumboTron displaying the words to the songs. No, he was in tune with His Maker. He had walked with God enough to know what He was about. When life (read: Satan, as suggested by God) threw Job lemons, he had enough faith in God on tap to mix them into a Sonic Strawberry Lemonade. Which he gave back to God.

Turns out, God’s a big Sonic fan. Who knew?

Though he couldn’t have known what for, Job had prepared. And when the time came, when the chips were down, when he was losing, bigtime, in the bottom of the ninth, he did the only thing he knew to do. He fell to the ground and worshipped the One who, he knew, was still on the throne. The One who had not forsaken him. The One who gave him life and would, in His time, take it back.

Wonder if Job’s words were in the songwriter’s heart when he wrote this song. If you know it, listen to it and worship. If you’ve never heard it, read the words on the screen and use them to make a connection to your own life.

“‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” ~Job 1:21

A good one to memorize, if you’re into that sort of thing. I’m just sayin’.

12. Rewrite it here to begin cementing it into your memory. _________________________________________________________________________________

13. What have you learned about the Nature of God today? Write your discoveries on your Nature of God worksheet type thingy, along with the corresponding verse/s.

14. Now, I ask you, who’s in charge here, anyway? _____________________________________________________________________

Bravery is rewarded here at the Humor Me, Lord headquarters.  Therefore, each person who is brave enough to enter a comment, giving us feedback on some way that God revealed Himself to you or spoke words of blessing into your life from today’s study will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of Angela Thomas’ newest book: Brave.

Do it! Empowered by your new/newly refreshed knowledge, be brave!

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Humor Me, Lord is a Bible study series published by AinW.  It exists to help people dig deep into the word of God in order to learn about His wicked (pun intended) sense of humor. This ain’t your regular devotional. You’ll laugh. You’ll learn. You’ll rethink the way you’ve perceived God.

You won’t, no matter what the uber-religious set tells you, lose your religion.

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