Dr. David Rose, Pastor
Tuesday, January 26, 2021—Job 35-37
Knowing God is a blessing and a privilege. God is spirit, so His coming to created beings who are limited by flesh is an act of service. Humans have not earned this. His grace allows this to be a life-changing reality. Knowing Him is also a privilege. He reveals Himself so humans can be in relationship with Him. Their acts of worship and service are a blessing to both God and man.
Elihu felt Job and his friends had missed the magnitude of the person of God. Job’s friends had certainly held high the righteousness of God and the way He dealt with the righteous and the unrighteous. Job had proclaimed his innocence before God and his confusion about his suffering, but his claims were empty (35:16). Elihu heard none of them praise God for being righteous and good. He was amazed at the ways of God and His power over creation. He called Job to stand still and consider the strength of God and the wonder of His ways (37:14-24). If one were honest, he would admit he could not grasp how God does all he does.
With that in mind, Elihu wanted these men to repent. They all needed to admit they did not know what God was doing. The friends needed to apologize to Job for saying he was guilty. Job needed to repent for failing to trust the God who works in mysterious ways.
Thank God for making Himself known. Pray for faith that trusts Him in difficulty and leads others to worship Him in all things.
Monday, January 25, 2021—Job 32-34
Job and his friends reached a stalemate. He could not discern what sin or unrighteousness led to his misery. His friends gave him reasons why God punishes people. Job called them miserable counselors. His friends determined he was self-righteous (32:1). They had accomplished nothing positive. They had stirred deep emotion, but they had brought no comfort to Job and no honor to God with their treatment of one another.
Elihu was an outside observer and hesitated to speak because of his youth, but at this point he could stand it no longer. The friends condemned Job without evidence. Job justified himself but never once said God was justified in what He was doing (32:2-3). Elihu had hoped the age and experience of these four men would give them the wisdom to navigate through this storm in Job’s life, but, thus far, there was no wisdom.
As he spoke, Elihu was careful to present himself humbly before these men (33:1-7). He was not superior to them, but he did have something important to say. Elihu described the way God deals with people in their suffering to turn them from evil, and he asked Job to share his thoughts if he desired (33:1-33). Elihu said the ear hears words the way the tongue tastes food (34:3). What Job had done in his complaining was to call into question the goodness and character of God (34:9). Whether he realized it or not, Job made it seem like following God was useless.
God does no wrong (34:12). He is at work even in difficult days.
Sunday, January 24, 2021—Job 28-31
The COVID pandemic has made everyone a better hunter. We have searched high and low for toilet paper. We have become adept at ordering groceries online for pickup or delivery. If we need it, we have found someone or some place that can provide it.
Job needed answers. He could not imagine why he was suffering and what God was doing. Miners went to the depths of the earth for jewels and metals, but Job wondered where he was to go for wisdom (28:12, 20). God’s wisdom was so precious no amount of gold or silver could buy it. To fear God was the beginning of wisdom, and to flee from evil was understanding (28:28). God alone had the answers Job needed.
What Job did not know was how to get those answers from him. Job longed for the days when God’s blessing was on him (29:1-25). He was a blessing to many, and his community had great respect for him. In his current condition, however, no one wanted to be around him (30:10). God’s judgment was on him, and God would not respond (30:20). Job had made a covenant to live with integrity (31:1), and he had done so (30:6). He could not understand why he was suffering. He needed God’s perspective.
Thank God for being the source of wisdom and giving His Spirit, His Word, His church, and life’s circumstances as avenues for His wisdom. Pray for growth in your knowledge of Him so you will progressively know Him and increasingly walk in His ways.
Saturday, January 23, 2021—Job 25-27
Job and his friends had a high view of God. They remarked repeatedly about the holiness, majesty, and power of God. Man cannot compare to the glory of God. Bildad, for instance, said the armies of God are without number, and the stars themselves, though brilliant in color, are not pure in His sight. What is man, then before Him? God is great (25:1-6).
They talked about God, but their discussion thus far has not been a talk with God. None of the men stopped to say, “Let’s pray about this. Let’s seek God together to find some answers or, at least, some peace for our brother Job.” They held high the truth, but they sought no answers.
As a result, Job said they had been of no help to him (26:2). Job knew God was alive and at work and for some reason had allowed him to go through this miserable moment (27:2-3). He would not speak wickedness, and he knew he was not suffering because of some sin he committed (27:6). Job knew the hypocrite and the sinner faced a future of judgment before God (27:8-23), and he refused to admit he was of that ilk.
Job needed assurance from God of His presence and His work. Job wanted to know what God was doing so he could respond appropriately. He wanted relief, and God wanted him to endure. A fresh word from God and a renewed view of His character can fuel perseverance.
Praise God for who He is. Pray for daily reminders of that.
Friday, January 22, 2021—Job 21-24
Family and friends will disagree. This is inevitable. They do not, however, have to be disagreeable. They can share their varying viewpoints, give their reasons, and continue to care for one another. This requires maturity and trust but is not impossible. This is, however, unusual.
Job and his friends disagreed about the cause and the solution for Job’s suffering, and their discussion had grown uncomfortable. Job called them miserable comforters, and his friends called him unrepentant. Job asked them how they could conclude what they had concluded when they had seen plenty of wicked people shun God and His ways and find their lives to be quite comfortable (21:1-34). They were wrong about Job.
Eliphaz scoffed at Job as if Job were declaring himself innocent. He knew Job had made plenty of mistakes in life (22:1-9). If Job would admit his fault and return to God, God would deliver Job from suffering. Job’s frustration and exhaustion had to have been great at this point. “I’ve never walked away from the commands of God. The words of His mouth are more precious to me than food” (23:12). His friends weren’t listening.
Job knew that in the end God would judge. He always had. Evil men did evil things under cover of darkness, but they would eventually come to their end (24:1-25). God would eventually do what was right.
Thank God for being fully aware of all things. Confess any sin you harbor. Pray for His grace and mercy to abound in you.