KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Friday, January 12, 2018
Chapters: Job 32-34
Message: Perception of Words
Hello My Friend,
Words; we all say them, and we can all say the same words, but how we say and perceive them, that is another thing. Do you know why the world is quickly falling into the hands of the devil? Political Correctness. Everyone is offended by something that someone else says, even though they may have said the same thing themselves about someone else. The problem stems from our own consciousnesses and what we see as right or wrong in our own eyes. Sin is not a problem until we find out that what we are doing is sinful, then let the fights begin. And how do we know that what we are doing is sin? Well, that comes from Christ, we are all ignorant to sin when Christ is not in the picture, but the second He appears then it becomes reality, and how we deal with reality comes down to our own consciousness. “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” – Romans 10:3-4.
“the law for righteousness” Before Jesus came along there was the law of Moses, those who wanted God in their lives followed the law. Of course, they could not know all the law because there was a lot to know, so, the key to pleasing God was never in knowing all the law, it was in obeying what they did know. When Job was around the law of Moses was not even around so, they followed their conscious and what they saw as sinful. There was another man sitting there the entire time Job and his friends were conversing, Elihu, he sat there patiently listening and waiting, but once he started talking, he had a lot to say, beginning with his opinion on all the men.
“So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God. Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job. I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion. For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me. Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles. I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer. Let me not, I pray you, accept any man’s person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man. For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.” – Job 32:1-3,17-22.
“it is ready to burst like new bottles.” Did you ever have the urgency to just speak out and say what is on your mind? I have the tendency to do this a lot, and if I am not careful my mouth will get me in trouble. We all have our own opinion on things, what one sees as sinful is what another sees as not, it is not as if we do not know how God feels on matters, it is how far we are willing to accept them in our own lives. It is actually the Holy Spirit in the soul of man that teaches them the things of God, and let me tell you, when the Holy Spirit tells you it is wrong you will know it instantly. That does not mean that we always listen or that we apply it to ourselves. Elihu was also angry at Job because he claimed he was innocent and that his actions were justified by God.
“Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words. Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth. My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly. Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying, I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me. Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy, He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths. Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.” – Job 33:1-3,-1.
“My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart:” Elihu believed that only the righteous can be justified by God and that his claiming his self righteousness alone was the sin. He had the same perception of Job as his other friends, that he was hiding some sin and if he came clean then God would answer him. This was an attempt to show Job that good works are what save us, if he just admitted he sinned he would be justified. Well, the truth is our good works cannot save us, they never were the key to our salvation, our faithfulness to God is the key, and today the only way we are justified is through Christ. “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” – Romans 3:21-24.
Justified; To accept as just and treat with favor. To understand what being justified really means we need to understand that being justified comes first by God accept us as just. Elihu believed that Job’s friends were not successful in convincing him that he was not just because they too were unwise about God. Elihu formed his opinion on Job based on things that he and his friends said, but had he really listened he would have seen that Job was innocent. Elihu upbraids Job for claiming he was just before God.
“Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good. For Job hath said, I am righteous: and God hath taken away my judgment. Should I lie against my right? my wound is incurable without transgression. What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water? Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men. For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God. Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom. My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because of his answers for wicked men. For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God.” – Job 34:4-9,35-37.
“Let us choose to us judgment:” Right there Elihu chose Job’s judgment, he insisted that God was punishing him for his sin and that he was completely oblivious to it. It aggravates me to no end when people believe themselves to be so righteous that they make themselves our judge. Do not make the mistake of thinking that those who were here before Jesus came here were justified by their works, if that were the case the only people who would be in heaven is Jesus and the babies and children whom never got a chance to live long enough to understand their sin nature. The only way anyone can be justified is by confession and atonement of their sins to God, and in case you did not realize, God and Jesus are one in the same, Jesus just made it permanent on the cross. He became the messenger, the one among a thousand to stand before God in our behalf to show our righteousness. It is not our own righteousness that we are justified, it is by grace through our faith in Christ that we are justified. The good works we do after we are saved are just a reflection of Christ in us. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:8-10.
Jesus Christ Magnified: “If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness: Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.” – Job 33:23-24.
Today’s Prayer: God, I understand the things I go through are not always about Your judgment or tests, it is about trusting You and believing that You can do anything You say You can do, even when I do not always listen to You. I know what it feels like to be judged by others, to have them form some opinion on me even though they do not even know me. Lord, help me to respond to these things with the true knowledge that You have given me. Also, let me not form opinions of others by hearsae, but learn the facts and truth. Keep me around people who tell Your truths truthfully and keep me in Your Word to let the Holy Spirit be my Guide to Your truths as I study them. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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