KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Monday, January 07, 2018
Chapters: Job 13-16
Message: Finding Comfort In The Saviour
Hello My Friend,
As I was reading the chapters for today something the Apostle Paul came to mind, “But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness. For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?” – II Corinthians 2:1-2. We all go through things, some of us want everyone to know and feel as bad as we do, some of us want no one to know and put up a good front until it comes to pass. None of us want to go through things alone, and whether we are vocal about it or not, we want some physical and emotional comfort. What we do not want is to feel worse than we already do, or bring anyone else down either. Yet there is always someone, whether they realize it or not, who does have a way of making us feel worse than we do in their attempt to examine rather than comfort us. Believe it or not, finding comfort comes by first praising God. “Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high. I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.” – Psalm 69:20,29-30.
Before Moses penned down the Law, people did not have Scripture to guide them on how God wanted them to live, those who believed in, and wanted to follow Him did so by faith and under their own moral character. When Job became afflicted he did not question God’s abilities, he just wanted to find some comfort through all of that pain, even if that meant that he died. So, when three of his friends begin making accusations and judging him, you can imagine how he must have felt. He lashes out at them for making him feel worse that he already is. “Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath heard and understood it. What ye know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior unto you. Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God. But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value. O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.” – Job 13:1-5.
“and it should be your wisdom.” We cannot always explain everything that is going on with us, but no one has the right to judge or falsely accuse us of thing we have not done. Sometimes the best comfort people can give is to not say anything at all, just be there in our presence or since we are in the age of technology, face chat with them. There comes a point through any kind of affliction that we must realize God is in control and His will be done. This is the conclusion that Job has finally come to. “Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will. Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand? Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.” – Job 13:13-16.
“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him:” Job definitely had no idea why all this what happening, but he did know two things, he was not a hypocrite, and he needed a Saviour. Even back then they knew that their own righteousness could not save them and that they needed a Saviour. They, by faith, just as we, by faith, have the same Saviour, they just had no idea it was Jesus. Job knew that his own righteousness would not keep him from judgment, but he was not about to let his friends be his judge. He also knew that there was something better waiting for him on the other side of all this. “But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up: So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep. O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” – Job 14:10-14.
“all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” Job having no Bible, knew that there was life beyond the grave. One day, we shall all be changed, while those whose souls have gone on to be with Jesus in heaven have left their earthly bodies for a time, they will reunite, and all be changed, in fact, we will become immortal. “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” – I Corinthians 15:52-54.
Now, Job’s friends were not very happy at all with the way he was talking. Eliphaz speaks again, quite irritated with Job for refusing to admit he has sinned and saying he will be justified with God. In fact, he tells him that his talking the way he is is sin in itself. “Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said, Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind? Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith he can do no good? Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee.” – Job 15:1-3,6.
“Thine own mouth condemneth thee,” He basically tells Job that if he is feeling condemned it was because he is lying to himself. There is nothing more aggravating than having someone accuse you of something then telling you that because you are speaking up for yourself you are proving you are guilty. If it is one thing I have learned, never assume you know what is going on with someone because they have some affliction in their lives. Our eyes are very deceiving, especially when we are looking through them with a mind that has been corrupted by emotions like bitterness, envy, or covetousness. This is a prime example of why Jesus tells us to remove the beam out of our own eyes before condemning someone for the speck in theirs. “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.” – Luke 6:41,42.
The more they spoke against him, the more frustrated he became, he was beginning to think that God sent them to bring more grief to him. They were not about to change their opinion of him, in fact, the more he defended himself the worse they got. Job figured out that it was a waste of time to argue with these men. “Then Job answered and said, I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all. God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked. I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark. Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high. My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God. O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour!” – Job 16:1-2,11-12,19-21.
“miserable comforters are ye all.” Job had no hope in finding comfort from anyone, and even though he knew he was justified before God, that still did not bring him comfort as his friends kept judging him. There are just some people out there who have a lousy way of comforting people, thank God that we do have someone pleading for us, and that is Jesus. When a person puts their faith and trust in Jesus Christ to save them from death and hell, they do so, solely believing, by faith, that He alone is the only one who can save them. When God looks at a saved person he does not see the sins of the past or even present, He sees righteousness through Christ. Why? We are not saved by our own righteousness, but by our faith alone in the finished work of Christ, who died on the cross, was buried, and resurrected three days later. God is a faith in the unseen God, He blesses us more when we live by faith and not by our own reasoning. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” – Romans 5:1-5.
Jesus Christ Magnified: “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.” – Job 13:15-16.
Today’s Prayer: God, Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to save me from my sins, He not only saved me from death and hell, He gave me victory over death. While I know that it is Your opinion of me that matters and I am not here to please anyone, but You, lead me and guide me, give Your power to endure not only my afflictions, but those who add to them. When I am looking for comfort remind me that it is found in You, even when it seems as though I am all alone and have opposition by others. Let me be a faithful and true witness, having compassion, and offering simple comfort to those who need it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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