KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Chapters: Job 35-37
Message: Powerful Words Of God
Hello My Friend,
We have all done it, heard something that was said and took it to be offensive. We have all done this too, said something and it sounded offensive. How we interpret things often comes from our attitude, agitated, angry, bitter, sad, hurting, envious, jealous, all these things play a part in how we hear things. It is fitting that we are talking about words as another story takes place over important matters in our government, all about a matter of a swear word and or how someone interpreted a comment, which probably was not at all spoken as it was stated. Words play a major part in our successes and failures, words can encourage, words can hurt, words can be true, and words can be lies, but words are what impact and often define us. God’s Words, once they get in us they are powerful, so powerful that they can bring us to our knees in defeat or give the strength to conquer our greatest fears. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12.
“thoughts and intents of the heart.” Here is the key right there, the heart, it is actually what brings those words out. Did you ever get so angry at someone because they said something that you took the wrong way? When I first began talking to my guy friend he said something that upset me, he apologized, but after we talked about it I realized what he really met, and then I was the one who apologized for taking it the wrong way. We do not know much about Job’s friends, but what we can learn from their responses is that they have seen and witnessed some things that would bring them to question Job’s morals. While Elihu sat quietly listening to Job and his friends argue over his innocence Elihu was forming his own opinion on the matter, he saw Job as vain and ignorant in his knowledge of God.
“Elihu spake moreover, and said, Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God’s? For thou saidst, What advantage will it be unto thee? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin? I will answer thee, and thy companions with thee. Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it. Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust thou in him. But now, because it is not so, he hath visited in his anger; yet he knoweth it not in great extremity: Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without knowledge.” – Job 35:1-4,13-16.
“Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain;” Vain; Without value. Was Elihu really listening to what Job said? There is something to be said about speaking words that have no value, we all put value on our opinions, but let me tell you, they do not amount to anything with God if they are vain. Elihu was so focused on proving that Job and his friends failed at convincing Job he was guilty of sin for God to judge him that he never realized that it was his own words that were vain. God teaches us that not everyone is going to understand or agree with our beliefs and how we handle things, but it is not them that we have to deal with, it is God. “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” – Colossians 2:8.
I suspect that of these four friends one or some of their were jealous at his success so when all these bad things started happening they automatically assumed it was because he was hiding some wicked sin and could not wait for it to be exposed. People who think they are wiser than God often base opinions on what they see, the problem with that is what they see may not be what is actually taking place. Elihu continues his speech, convinced that God has prolonged the affliction because he would not humble himself before God and admit his sin. He turns to the friends and tries to convince them that he knows what he is talking about.
“Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to speak on God’s behalf. I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker. For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee. Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom. He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the poor. He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity. If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge. But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he bindeth them. They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean.” – Job 36:2-6,10-14.
“they shall spend their days in prosperity,” How many people get saved with the assumption that all of their troubles will go away and they will become prosperous? You would be surprised at how many do, which is why they are so quick to walk away when things do not change for them. Let me tell you, God does take our troubles away, and He does bring us to prosperity, but we must understand that we are the key to things changing in our lives. We must make an effort as well, while our salvation is not based on our works faith without works is dead. “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” – James 2:18-20.
While Elihu was right in many of his points about God, he failed to recognize that righteousness does not save a person from the evils of the world. We are all subject to calamities, death, hardships, and sickness, these are things that are naturally brought on to us due to our sin nature. Why? The curse of sin and death passed down to us from Adam and Eve. While we can learn to control some things that result in the evils of the world, other things are brought to us as a matter of God, and the devil for that matter, testing our faith. Elihu continues speaking, this time he actually praises God, calling attention to forces that only He can control.
“God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend. For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength. He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work. Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places. Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north. By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened. Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine? Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?” – Job 37:5-10,14-16.
“and consider the wondrous works of God.” Elihu was suggesting that Job was too proud to admit he was a sinner. Job really did not say that he was sinless, he just said that he did not do anything that caused the affliction he was under. Perhaps Job did get discouraged, but there is not one Christian that does not get discouraged once in a while when there is no explained answer for their affliction. When we become afflicted and everyone seems to be judging us in every direction, that is when we need to get under the words of Christ. Let me tell you, His words can bring light to the darkest day. “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.” – II Corinthians 1:13-15.
Jesus Christ Magnified: “Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.” – Job 37:23.
Today’s Prayer: God, You want us to live a life that is abundant and prosperous, but we often lose sight of that when we are faced with affliction. We cannot always control the situations You handed us, but we can control how we handle them by getting in Your Word and living it. Lord, lead us and guide us, give us Your power to endure affliction, and give us the wisdom we need to know how to handle it. Keep us in Your Word so that we can know how to handle those who falsely condemn us and give us the strength to stand by, follow Your Word, and speak on Your behalf by our words and deeds. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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