KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Chapters: Job 24-27
Message: The Power Of Salvation
Hello My Friend,
Power; Force; strength; energy. When we get saved we never really understand the impact of it until we start living our lived for Jesus. There is a great force in having the Saviour’s back when we receive Him as our Saviour, there is an even greater force when we are faithful to Him. You see, we not only have redemption by our faith in Christ, we have God, the most powerful force ever, and while we may face much affliction in this life, nothing or no one can touch our soul because we belong to Jesus, therefore, we belong to God. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.” – John 10:27-30.
When you think about the things that Job speaks about you get a sense that things were not much different back then from what they are today. No one really had a zeal for God, and those who did were faced with opposition, which really explains why God chose Abraham, someone who would father one nation that would be dedicated to God, at least for a little while. Job is beside himself at this point, how the wicked just ignore God.
“Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days? Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof. He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no man is sure of life. Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his eyes are upon their ways. They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn. And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?” – Job 24:1-2,22-25.
“Some remove the landmarks;” Everywhere you go people are trying to remove anything that shows proof that God is in control and even exists, all in an attempt to get man to see that they have nothing beyond this life, including hell for those who do not believe. They can die trying to get rid of any existence of God, but they never will, He is everywhere, in control of all things, and in fact, has control of their very heart, and while He does not want to see any in hell, they will join the devil there. “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” – Revelation 21:7-8.
I do not know how long Job’s friends sat with him, but I imagine it seemed like a lifetime to Job as Eliphaz, Zophar, and Bildad constantly criticized every word he spoke to defend himself. Bildad continues, questioning Job when he said that he would be justified before God. “Dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace in his high places. Is there any number of his armies? and upon whom doth not his light arise? How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?” – Job 25:2-4.
“How then can man be justified with God?” That is a very good question and there is only one answer, Jesus Christ. Common sense will teach a person that because of our sin nature no one can be justified before God, no matter how good we try to be we can never measure up to God. One little sin means we would have to start all over again in hopes that we could earn our way to heaven before it is too late. That is why God had a plan so that anyone can be justified before, not by any good that we do, but by one good man, His Son, Jesus Christ. “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” – Romans 5:7-9. Praise God!
Although Job felt like God had taken away his understanding of what was going on and that his soul was being tormented he knew that the Spirit of God was in him. Job was not about to let any of these men take away his integrity. “He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it. He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end. The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof. He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud. By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent. Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?” – Job 26:9-14.
“but the thunder of his power who can understand?” In this life we see some amazing things, and God gives us the talents to do some incredible things, but there are some things on earth that cannot be explained, things that only by faith can we understand. Job was never as concerned about knowing the answer to why he was struggling as he was about knowing that God was in His life. Wise; having the power of discerning and judging correctly. Wisdom; the right use of that knowledge. You do not have to be a scholar to know that people do not need to know certain things because if they did they would abuse it in the worst way. This kind of wisdom is evil and does not come from God, pure wisdom is worth more than gold, it is of God and everyone prospers from it. “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” – Proverbs 1:5-7.
When we are faced with affliction it seems as though everyone wants to give us advice, and it is not always the nice, kind words we long to hear. As Job is laying there in pain, he tires of responding to his three friends and their horrible accusations, he decided that maybe a parable will get them to understand.
“As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul; All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils; My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit. God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me. For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him? Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?” – Job 27:2-10.
“For what is the hope of the hypocrite,” There is absolutely no profit in pretending that you know Jesus, the only thing it will get you is hell. While Job did not understand why he was being afflicted, he knew that he would be justified before God. No, he did not think that he was perfect and never sinned, but he did think that his God knew the steps that he took, and was done trying to justify himself before his friends. We have no one to explain ourselves to except God, and He definitely knows the way that we take, each and every one of us, if anyone is a liar and hypocrite, Jesus will let you know it too. “When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.” – Luke 13:25-27.
Jesus Christ Magnified: “My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.” – Job 27:6. Jesus was tempted just as much as we are, He was mocked, ridiculed, and falsely accused, but He never let them make Him admit to something He never did.
Today’s Prayer: God, When I am facing affliction it feels like I am all alone and everyone is on my case about something. It is a big challenge to find You in the midst of affliction, but I know You always with me and that Your hand never leaves mine. Lord, give me Your power to endure all affliction, give me the wisdom to know how to handle the situations that pop up, and fill me Your mercy and grace so that I never lose hope of a blessed end to them, with Your glory shining through. I ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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