Job answers Eliphaz with such a picturesque description of his grief and suffering!
You really should read it.
"Does the wild donkey bray over his grass,
Or does the ox low over his fodder? Job 6:5
Just like a hungry donkey can’t stop his cries for food, Job’s cries sprung from his insides. He couldn’t stop them. I haven’t known Job’s grief, but I’ve known that kind of grief. The kind that bursts out. You can’t stop it.
Oh that my grief were actually weighed and laid in the balances together with my calamity! For then it would be heavier than the sand of the seas; Therefore my words have been rash. For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, Their poison my spirit drinks; The terrors of God are arrayed against me. Job 6:2-4
Wow! What a beautiful description of his pain.
For the despairing man there should be kindness from his friend;
So that he does not forsake the fear of the Almighty. Job 6:14
Job didn’t receive kindness from his friends. Grief on top of grief.
But it is still my consolation, And I rejoice in unsparing pain,
That I have not denied the words of the Holy One. Job 6:10
Wow! What a beautiful description of his trust in God. Oh thank you, Lord for putting Job’s life down in black and white for us to read. I’m encouraged by his testimony!
Job’s friends start talking to him.
I always wish they would just be quiet.
I liked them until they started talking.
Eliphaz begins by telling Job what he thinks of suffering.
Oh wow… not helpful. Not compassionate.
Remember now, who ever perished being innocent?
The conclusion of Eliphaz is that Job deserves suffering! Job is not innocent. Job sowed trouble and is getting the harvest of suffering. This conclusion is based on everything Eliphaz has seen in his lifetime. Well, it has to be right then! Nope! The problem is that Eliphaz can’t see what is taking place in the heavenlies. He doesn’t see the very reason that Job is suffering is because he is innocent. Job has sown righteousness and gotten trouble!
What does the Bible say about suffering? A lot! But I’m carrying one verse with me today:
For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God. 1 Peter 2:19, 20
There is unjust suffering. Our goal should be to stay under that kind of suffering and act like a Christian knowing that God is involved. This finds God’s grace!
I’d rather have the favor of God than the understanding of man!
A few thoughts for me today as I go on my way rejoicing…
Remember to be quiet with my suffering friends. I have no idea what God is doing in their lives. Just be quiet! Be compassionate.
Remember my conclusions about things are so often wrong because I don’t see as God sees!
I love these thoughts today! I’m going on my way singing because God is in charge of suffering. The Lord Jesus is a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. His was unjust suffering! I’m looking at Him today!
After 7 days with no words, Job speaks and curses the day of his birth. Three things struck me today in my devotional reading.
First, Job didn’t curse God. Cursing the day of your birth is very different than cursing God. I appreciate his implicit trust in God.
The second thing that impressed me is that Satan not only worked havoc with Job’s family and things, but here he took a toll on his mind. Satan does that. This is why we need to be renewed in the spirit of our minds. Ephesians 4:22-24
But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness,
Lastly, if you just looked at this chapter you wouldn’t think of Job as one who persevered. But the story isn’t over until it’s over! The New Testament praises him for his endurance. Any single day in our lives might not look too good, but God sees the whole. So, if you didn’t do so well yesterday, today is a new day to live for God. Patiently endure.
We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord's dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful. James 5:11
I’m thankful for this account of Job’s life!
I'm so thankful that God gave me these lovely people as my parents!
Today I'm celebrating their anniversary! August 26, 1944
The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Then Satan answered the LORD and said, "From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it." Job 2:2
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert.
Your adversary, the devil,
prowls around like a roaring lion,
seeking someone to devour.
But resist him, firm in your faith,
knowing that the same experiences of suffering
are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.
After you have suffered for a little while,
the God of all grace,
who called you to His eternal glory in Christ,
will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
To Him be dominion forever and ever.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
Put on the full armor of God,
so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
but against the rulers,
against the powers,
against the world forces of this darkness,
against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore, take up the full armor of God,
so that you will be able to resist in the evil day,
and having done everything,
to stand firm.
Stand firm therefore,
HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH,
and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,
and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;
in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith
with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION,
and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit,
and with this in view,
be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
and pray on my behalf,
that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth,
to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel.
I had so many thoughts this morning from Job 1. I’ll just write down one that I’m carrying with me. Maybe it will encourage you too!
Then Satan answered the LORD,
Satan implied that the only reason Job feared God was that God had been good to him. The question is do I love God and live for God only when things are good? Or do I choose to love Him and cling to Him when trials come and the way is hard?
Mr Stafford says it this way and I can hear Selah singing it:
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Today I finished Esther! What a great book! I was left thinking about Mordecai and enjoyed these thoughts by Spurgeon.
Mordecai was a true patriot, and therefore being exalted to the highest position under Ahasuerus, he used his eminence to promote the prosperity of Israel. In this he was a type of Jesus, who, upon His throne of glory, seeks not His own, but spends His power for His people. Every Christian should be a Mordecai to the Church, striving according to his ability for its prosperity. Some are placed in stations of affluence and influence; let them testify for Jesus before great men. Others have what is far better, namely, close fellowship with the King of kings; let them be sure to plead daily for the weak of the Lord’s people, the doubting, the tempted, and the comfortless. Instructed believers may serve their Master greatly if they lay out their talents for the general good, and impart their wealth of heavenly learning to others, by teaching them the things of God. The very least in our Israel may at least seek the welfare of his people; and his desire, if he can give no more, shall be acceptable. It is at once the most Christlike and the most happy course for a believer to cease from living to himself. He who blesses others cannot fail to be blessed himself. On the other hand, to seek our own personal greatness is a wicked and unhappy plan of life; its way will be grievous and its end will be fatal. (C. H. Spurgeon.)
Let's be like Mordecai and bless others.
Esther 5 describes the tale of two people. One humbly coming to the king to ask a great thing of him. The other so full of himself he recounts how great he is and is agitated when Mordecai doesn’t bow down to him.
The king will respond to both of these people. Esther gets her response here. Haman will get his later.
When the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, she obtained favor in his sight; and the king extended to Esther the golden scepter which was in his hand. So Esther came near and touched the top of the scepter. Then the king said to her, "What is troubling you, Queen Esther? And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it shall be given to you." Esther 5:2,3
My simple thought today is walk humbly like Esther. Come boldly into God’s presence. Seek great things of God, not great things for yourself.
Now I’m singing…
Come, my soul, thy suit prepare:
And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?
I love this chapter in Esther. Mordecai realizes that God put Esther where she is for His purposes. Now Esther has to realize it, and be brave and act.
I had three outstanding thoughts this morning.
1. God’s cause is independent from ours. He will accomplish His desires in history. Period.
He didn’t need Esther… if she choose not to speak, God would raise up help from somewhere else! (read the chapter.)
2. Our cause cannot by independent from His! God is working in history for His glory. If I hold back from being part of what He’s doing, to do my own thing, I will miss out on the greatest blessing and opportunity and reward. Imagine that God would use an Esther to accomplish His desires… or a… Nancy! or a…. fill in your name here! He can do this without me, but I can do nothing without Him!!!!
3. God’s cause is an opportunity to use the gifts He’s given me and the place He’s put me for His glory!!!! Oh come on! Think about it. Who you are, and where you are are not circumstances for you to consume on yourself, but for Him!
Now, doesn’t this wake you up today! Know what God is doing in history…how? Read your Bible daily. Come to know what He’s doing. Then what? Let Him use you in His cause. Wow! It’s so thrilling to be part of what God is doing! Jesus is coming soon!
Here’s a picture of some blessings and opportunities God is giving us. Wow! I wouldn’t miss out on this for anything!
Haman gets mad at one Jew, Mordecai, and sets in motion a ruling to kill all the Jews. Sounds like a pattern that is repeated throughout history! Wow! Killing massive amounts of Jews would mean eliminating those trying to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. This is yet another attempt by Satan to thwart God’s purposes. Thwart is a great word. It means “to prevent someone from accomplishing something.” But can God’s purposes be thwarted?
I know that You can do all things,
This is a wonderful thing to know about God! Powerful forces are set against God and His purposes. But God’s will is going to be accomplished! He is Sovereign. This encourages me today. Look around! Circumstances may seem out of control. Remember, God is on His throne. He can’t be knocked off of it. He will accomplish all His purposes. Hallelujah!
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!