A Thought For Your Christian Journey:
Job 10.14-16 If I sin , then thou markest
me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity . 15 If I be wicked ,
woe unto me; and [if] I be righteous , [yet] will I not lift up my head . [I am]
full of confusion ; therefore see thou mine affliction ; 16 For it
increaseth . Thou huntest me as a fierce lion : and again thou shewest thyself
marvellous upon me.
As I read Job chapters 8-10 I see
Job, whom God described as a perfect (spiritually mature) man, enduring great
trial and tribulation. His friends have come, to comfort him, and have
turned out to be poor converters indeed. Instead of comforting Job the
start accusing him.
Now, Job's friend's intentions are
pure. They point Job toward his sin because they know that if a man would
be blessed by God then they must be right with God. They also know that if
a man lives in sin then God's judgment is sure to follow; there will be a pay
day someday, as R.G. Lee used to say. Job friends only made one error.
They failed to understand that sometimes God moves in our lives in ways that we
can not possibly understand.
In Chapter 10 I hear Job responding
to his friends appropriately, yet with question. In Job statements I hear
him saying, "Lord, show me my sins." I believe that Job, having heard his
friends comments, searched his own heart for the purpose of true repentance.
Job want to see clearly if there were any sins in his life that he had ignored.
Job clearly desired a heart of godly integrity and purity with God. Job's
friend took Job comments as rebellion and denial, but I believe that Job really
desired to be pure with God.
In all of Job's discourses with his
friends one undeniable fact is evident. Job and his friends saw all that
had happened to Job and tried to explain it in human terms. In trying to
understand the circumstances of job life through the narrow looking glass of
their life's experiences that developed answers and solutions that were far from
reality. Job and his friends could never have imagined how the whole
record began; with Job as a perfect man in God's sight, and Satan challenging
God through the life of Job. It was just too unthinkable.
So what does this mean?
As Christians we must always remember
that God's ways are not our ways. There are things at work in our lives
that are supernatural in nature. These supernatural and sovereign acts of
God go far beyond our comprehension. In your life there may be, and
probably are, things at work that are that just go deeper than our mortality and
natural creation. In trying to understand and explain your personal
circumstances you may fail to understand the spiritual and immortal ramification
of your experiences. One thing is certain, they are divine in nature.
However, let us never forget that the
reigns that control our circumstances and trials are in our heavenly Father's
hand. He loves us, he proved that with a cross. He knows us and our
particular circumstances; even down to the hairs on your head. And all
will work to our good in the end, God guarantees it. Perhaps that best
things we can do is fall back into the supernatural arms of God, trust Him, and
let Him have his way in our lives and all of His creation, both natural and
Published, 13 June
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