Day 102 of 240 Days Bible Reading - Job chapter 20 to 27
📖 Job 21: 7 WHY Do The Wicked Prosper ❓
Job was wondering why God allows the righteous to suffer for no reason. But now he wants to know the answer to another hard question that "We all ask" :
"Why does God allow the wicked to prosper " ❓
This same question had bothered Asaph the temple musician , to make a note about the wicked people in Psalm 73 :
~ They have no struggles ; their bodies are healthy and strong .
~ They are not plagued by human ills .
~ They are always carefree ; they increase in wealth.
~ Pride is their necklace and they clothe themselves with violence.
👀 We have seen sometimes the wicked live long ; their children ( though free from the fear of God) are well settled ✒ v 8-9 .
Their business flourishes and after a life of prosperity they die in peace ✒ v 10-13.
✅ Yes , we do have the same questions in our hearts and often we felt the same emotion like that of Job. We do see evil people flourish and righteous people suffer , which is difficult to reconcile. But we know that we live in a fallen world , and we do not have all the answers.
WHAT DOES THE SCRIPTURE SAYS❓
🎈The word of God consoles us that We will reap what we sow ✒ 2Cor 9:6 , and at the Judgement Day "God will give to each person according to what he has done" ✒ Rom 2:6.
Honest and Dishonest will be revealed ⚖
✅ But sometimes we make the mistakes of thinking DELAYED JUDGEMENT IS UNFAIR ☺ . We judge "fairness by the swiftness of REWARD or PUNISHMENT.
🎈 We do know that the God of the Bible is fair and merciful, allowing unrepentant people the GREATEST possible time to turn from their sins ✒ ( 2Peter 3:9)
May the good Lord bless us with heavenly wisdom to trust in His rich promises to give us the crown of life.
GLORY TO GOD 🙏
Mark Boje, ArP🌄
🍇 Simple thoughts for
💫deeper meditation .
Job: 23:10 "But He knows the way that I take, when He has tested me,I will come forth as gold"
When Job lost his children and his wealth in a single day, he sank into an angry depression and resisted any attempted explanations by his friends.
⚡ In today's passage, Job responds to the accusations brought by his friend Eliphaz, who sarcastically asks whether Job thinks God is judging him because of his reverence for Him. (Job :22:4) Eliphaz insists that job is suffering for a hidden scandal.
⚡ With assumptions, but no evidence he explains Job's troubles by accusing him being self centered rich man who has mistreated weak people for his own material gain.
⚡ And so, Job expresses his desire to be able to argue his case before God. ( ch:23) He held a hope that someday there would be an answer from God. Even in the darkness Job could say " God knows the way that I take, when he has tested me I will come forth as gold" He feels that the wrong assumptions of his friends have become part of the fire that is testing and refining
⚡ We may also experience sorrows for which there are no adequate explanations.
Some are catastrophic events with far- reaching effects, while others are personal, private tragedies that alter our individual lives and families. We want to know why, but we seem to find more questions than answers. Yet even as we struggle with "why" God
extends His unfailing love to us.
🔥 We are tried and purified when God uses difficulties to burn away our self- reliance, pride, and earthly knowledge. Pain and problems can produce the shining, rock-solid character that comes from trusting God when life is hard.
Dr. Thomas David.🎯
🏆 God knows the path I take. I am being tested, but I will be proved to be pure as gold. [Job 23:10]
How could Job have such confidence that he will be proved to be as gold?:
👣I have followed His footsteps closely.
👣 I have stayed on His path and did not turn from it. I have not left His commands behind.
👣🎁I have treasured His words in my heart. [Job 23:11-12]
But even more than confidence in his own righteousness, Job had confidence in the character of God:
⚜God is complete in integrity.
⚜He knows His plans for me.
⚜He will complete each one of them. [Job 23:13-14]
Therefore Job says: 🚩Only fools think that their thoughts & deeds are hidden from God.
🎁 When I think how intimately God knows me, I tremble in His presence and stand in awe of Him.
🎁 Because I fear God more than the darkness which is seeking to smother me, I am not crushed. [Job 23:15-18, 24:1]
Job adds :
🚩Man goes to extraordinary lengths to dig out gold & precious jewels. But is it worth it? Is that wisdom? [Job ch 28]
🔑 God has told Man, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.' [Jb 28:28]
Job does struggle with depression. He does feel despair that he cannot sense God’s presence or find satisfying answers. But through all of his wrestling, we see truths settling ever deeper in his heart.
We have many advantages that Job did not have –
✝we have Christ IN US, & we are IN CHRIST.
💪He strengthens us from within.
✝He is our armour, and stands between us & the enemy at ALL times.
✝ We have the Holy Spirit who witnesses to us of God’s love. He teaches us to pray, and enables us to hear the still, small voice of God speaking to us.
📖We have the COMPLETE written Word of God – all of His promises, His Wisdom, His instructions at our fingertips at all times.
💭We have a huge cloud of witnesses – the lives of all the believers who have gone before us. Their lives testify to the faithfulness of God in fulfilling His promises. [Rf also Romans 8:31-39, Heb chs 11-12]
👉Job had none of our resources – he had to walk in the dark, by complete faith not sight. He triumphed because God upheld Job with cushions of Grace & whispered inspiration through the Holy Spirit. [Rf 2 Ch 16:9]
👉Job did not get answers about why such calamity befell him. He had started out fearful of calamities, but he walked through the fires of adversity and found that only God was WORTH fearing, because God held life & death in His hands… [Rf Job 10:12, 12:22,28:28]
🔑 God’s uses crisis times to uproot false premises, and plant truths that make for a stable foundation.
💟 Cushions of Grace – watch out for them…
👉 Whispers of hope & life from the Holy Spirit – may our ears be tuned to them.
Abba Father, You know all of our life-stories – what each one of us is struggling with today. Open our eyes to recognise Your cushions of Grace. May our ears hear Your whispers of Truth spoken in love, birthing hope. Help us to yield to the renovation work You are doing in our thought-life… May each of us come forth as gold with solid foundations of Living Truth. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Job 23:3 If only I knew where to find Him...
Throughout Job's suffering,his greatest longing was the presence of God.He longs to appear before God to begin communion with Him.He wanted to produce his arguments and evidences for his sincerity towards Him.Job desired to find God as a judge sitting on His throne and wants to get justice from Him.
He rarely mentioned the loss of his property,his deep sorrow about the loss of his children.He longed only for God's presence.In all his misery ,he wanted to find God and to have communion with Him.
When people are at a loss to find where He is and how to find Him,their afflictions are made heavier.They need His grace to help them in time of need.The yearning for God should characterize all true believers.God's word in Ps 42:1,2 says As the deer pants for streams of water ,so my soul pants for You..O God My soul thirsts for God ,for the living God
Lord ,We long for Your presence to be strengthened in us,our love for You to be deepened.We know there is fullness of joy only in Your presence.We hunger and thirst for You and Your presence.In Jesus name Amen
I AM THE INSTRUCTIONS
⏳ Zophar’s Sermon on the Wicked Man
Job, you upset me. Now I'm impatient to answer.
What you have said is an insult, but I know how to reply to you.
The wicked vomit up the wealth they stole; God takes it back, even out of their stomachs.
⚡ Their greed is never satisfied.
Heaven reveals their sin, and the earth gives testimony against them.
⏳ Job’s Discourse on the Wicked
When I think of what has happened to me, I am stunned, and I tremble and shake.
Why does God let evil people live, let them grow old and prosper?
⚡ They think there is no need to serve God nor any advantage in praying to him.
They claim they succeed by their own strength, but their way of thinking I can't accept.
💫 Can anyone teach God, who judges even those in high places?
⏳ Eliphaz Accuses Job of Wickedness
⚡ Does your doing right benefit God, or does your being good help him at all?
💫 Accept the teaching he gives; keep his words in your heart.
💫 Let Almighty God be your gold, and let him be silver, piled high for you.
💫 When you pray, he will answer you, and you will keep the vows you made.
⏳ Job Proclaims God’s Righteous Judgments
⚡ I am honest; I could reason with God; he would declare me innocent once and for all.
💫 Yet God knows every step I take; if he tests me, he will find me pure.
💫 I always do what God commands; I follow his will, not my own desires.
⚡ Why doesn't God set a time for judging, a day of justice for those who serve him?
⏳ Bildad: How Can Man Be Righteous?
Can anyone count the angels who serve him? Is there any place where God's light does not shine?
⚡ Can anyone be righteous or pure in God's sight?
⏳ Job Maintains His Integrity
⚡ I swear by the living Almighty God, who refuses me justice and makes my life
as long as God gives me breath,
my lips will never say anything evil, my tongue will never tell a lie.
💫 I will never give up my claim to be right; my conscience is clear.
💫 Let me teach you how great is God's power, and explain what Almighty God has planned.
💫 Be fair with Innocent
💫 AS I AM.....
💫 I AM COMING SOON....
"ALL GLORY AND HONOUR BELONGS TO GOD ALONE"
Nothing is over till God says it is over ~ Do not measure God's resources with what is in your hand ~ Your purpose should not drain you, It should invigorate you.
But He knows the way that I take, when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
My foot has held fast to His steps, I have kept His way and not turned aside.
I have not departed from the commandment of His lips, I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food.
We serve a God who loves to bless His children, He tries and tests our faith to take us to the next level, He prunes us, so that we could bear much fruit. The above scripture portion tells us that Job is telling after God has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. Great faith will always be tried and tested before it is honored and rewarded, faith without testing is fake. There is no good fruit without pruning and no gold without furnace.
The promise always comes with a process and price attached to it, there is no promise without a process, great faith will always go through a great process. There is not a single person in the Bible except Saul who got the promise before they went through a process. Saul was the only person who was chosen and anointed by God to be the king of Israel and he didn't go through the process that is why his kingdom couldn't last for a long time. Saul didn't go through the process his blessing lasted for one generation only, whereas David went through the process and his blessings lasted for generations. Job is talking about his process he is telling that it is good that he is tested, so that he can come out as gold. The reason why God allows a person to go through the process is, so that they can develop a deeper relationship with Him, they can see and experience His miracle working power and the blessings of God could stay for a long time. Abraham had a long process time of thirty years before he could receive the promised child Isaac from God, he is known as the friend of God and Jesus the Lion of Judah came from his lineage. The genealogy of Jesus in the book of Matthew starts from Abraham not from Adam and He gave up His life on the cross, so that the blessings of Abraham might come upon us (Galatians 3:13,14).
The word of God has the power and authority to create, recreate, restore, heal, deliver, encourage, strengthen and prosper people. In the process time God will cut off every thing from a person, He will take away family, friends, career, finances and He will teach the person to solely and completely rely and depend on Him and His word. In the process time nothing will satisfy a person except the word of God, even if there is no food and water a person may survive, but he will not be able to survive without the word of God that is why Job is telling, I have not departed from the commandment of His lips and I have treasured the words of His mouth more than necessary food.
Nothing is lost in the kingdom of God, nothing is lost when you put your faith, hope, trust and confidence in God. Nothing is over till God says it is over, for unbelievers and the world it may seem like that the story is over, but for a believer it is simply begun after the trying and testing is over, God honors and rewards the person's faith, He rewrites the story, the sad story becomes a history and He gives a brand new beginning. Job lost everything family, finances (he was the greatest of all the people of the East), good health and everything that he had except his life. In the end Job got back every thing that he had lost double for all his trouble.
Beloved even if you lose anything and everything on this earth never lose the habit of reading, listening, meditating, praying and practicing the word of God. One small touch of favor from God is more than enough, It can give you back what you have lost in a hundred fold measure.
For the Lord will not cast off forever.
Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion According to the multitude of His mercies.
For He does not afflict willingly, Nor grieve the children of men.
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in Him, bears much fruit, for without Me you can do nothing.
If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
Heavenly Father thank You for Your word, give us the grace to always abide in You and in Your word. Give us the grace to read, listen, meditate, pray and practice Your word, so that we could bear much fruit and bring glory and honor to Your name, in Jesus name we ask and pray.
Amen and Amen
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Eliphaz's Factors in the Fellowship.
Eliphaz the Temanite was probably the oldest of Job's friends , for he is the first to speak. He spoke three times ( 4 - 5 ; 15 ; 22 ) He is a man who has gained wisdom through experience , observation , revelation and the wisdom of others( most probably from Job ). He came to comfort Job .
A COMFORTER TURNS INTO TORMENTORS .
📌 He begins with a polite note ( 4:1- 5 )
~ He reminds Job how he taught others.
~ Job was a source of encouragement to others.
~ Job is discouraged and dismayed by his own troubles
📌 He begins to change the tone :
~ As you sow so you will reap ( 4:8-9 )
~ With his divine revelation Eliphaz urged Job not to claim himself a righteous ( 4:13-17 )
~ He reminds Job that his children had been cursed because of his own sin ( 5:3-4 )
~ Job is allowing his sin to control his mouth / tongue ( 15:5-6 )
A COMFORTER TURNS INTO ACCUSER
~ Job is of no value in God's sight ( 22:2-3 )
~ God is against Job ( 22:4-5 )
~ He question Job's integrity ( 22:7-10 )
A COMFORTER CHALLENGES ONE'S SPIRITUALITY
Eliphaz questions about Job's claims to wisdom . He accuses Job of arrogance in thinking he has more insights than his friends , for he said :
"What do you know that we do not know "?
"What INSIGHTS do you have that we do not have"? ✒ 15:9
This attitude has created a problem in listening , understanding and applying God's Word in one's life. Such people will kill the spirit of a sincere Bible Student.
🙏 Allow me to make a note here that some members of 240 Days Bible Reading Program , who have left the groups , might have the same mentality and while finding it difficult to continue they are leaving the groups .
Eliphaz's Factors begins with humility and ends with cruelty. Where the spirit of " I , Me and Myself " prevails in the fellowship , the Eliphaz's Factors would occupy the Lion's Chair .
May the God of all comforts comfort each one of us with His comforting word Love One Another
Glory to God 🙏
Mark Boje, ArP 🌅