The Story of Job. – Day 21
You find yourself in a situation, how will you respond? We can’t control the situations or things that will come our way but the one thing we can control is our response. You find yourself in a situation where someone is suffering or mourning or struggling, what words will you choose to use? You find yourself in a situation where you are being challenged, questioned, or attacked, what words will you choose to use? Will you be able to control your tongue in how you respond? Will you be able to choose to speak life and love and hope and truth? Will you choose words that will tear down and destroy and belittle and stir up anger? We are all faced with choices. We are to rejoice with those who rejoice and to mourn with those who mourn. We are all in situations where we need to use our words. How will you choose to use yours today?
Today’s reading comes from Job 16:
‘Then Job answered and said, “I have heard many such things; Wearisome and miserable comforters are you all. Is there no end to [your futile] words of wind? Or what plagues you [so much] that you [so boldly] answer [me like this]? I also could speak like you, If you were in my place; I could compose and join words together against you And shake my head at you. [But instead] I could strengthen and encourage you with [the words of] my mouth, And the consolation and solace of my lips would soothe your suffering and lessen your anguish.
“If I speak [to you miserable comforters], my pain is not relieved; And if I refrain [from speaking], what [pain or anguish] leaves me? But now God has exhausted me. You [O Lord] have destroyed all my family and my household. You have taken a firm hold on me and have shriveled me up, It has become a witness [against me]; And my leanness [and infirmity] rises up [as evidence] against me, It testifies to my face [about my guilt]. His wrath has torn me and hunted me down, He has gnashed at me with his teeth; My adversary sharpens His gaze and glares [with piercing eyes] at me. They have gaped at me with their mouths, With contempt they have struck me on the cheek; They massed themselves together [and conspired] against me. God hands me over to criminals And tosses me [headlong] into the hands of the wicked. I was [living] at ease, but He crushed me and broke me apart, And He has seized me by the neck and has shaken me to pieces; He has also set me up as His target. His arrows surround me. He pierces my kidneys (vital organs) without mercy; He pours out my gall on the ground. He attacks me, making wound after wound; He runs at me like a warrior. I have sewed sackcloth over my skin [as a sign of mourning] And have defiled my horn (symbol of strength) in the dust. My face is red and swollen with weeping, And on my eyelids is the shadow of death [my eyes are dimmed], Although there is no violence or wrongdoing in my hands, And my prayer is pure. “O earth, do not cover my blood, And let there be no [resting] place for my cry [where it will cease being heard]. Even now, behold, my Witness is in heaven, And my Advocate [who vouches and testifies for me] is on high. My friends are scoffers [who ridicule]; My eye pours out tears to God. Oh, that a man would mediate and plead with God [for me] Just as a man [mediates and pleads] with his neighbor and friend. For when a few years are past, I shall go the way of no return.’— Job 16:1-22
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In today’s reading we see Job giving another rebuttal to his friends. We see how their words haven’t helped but have hurt Job even more not comforting or healing but hurting and destroying. Job was broken from what had happened to him and his family and yet in the midst of that his friends are of no hope and no help. His friends had come under the pretense of being comforters and even sat and mourned with him quietly for 7 days. Unfortunately after that time they turned on him and tormented him more than they tried to comfort him. We see how our words may start out with the right intention but if or when we turn to bitterness · spite · hate · hatred · resentment · malice · ill will · malevolence · malignancy · animosity · antipathy · enmity · hostility · acrimony · venom · poison · vindictiveness · balefulness · vengefulness · vitriol · virulence · perniciousness · meanness · nastiness · bitchiness · cattiness · maleficence and sarcasm the words start to hurt more than they help. Such words build up frustration in everyone. It becomes a matter of the heart. If the table had been turned we learn how Job wouldn’t have treated them the way they were treating him. We learn how he would have used words that would helped strengthen and comfort them. We can’t assume what the other people are going thru. We can’t assume that we understand what they are going thru because we think we went thru something similar since we don’t really know what they have been thru.
Ever noticed how people respond to things they are passionate about? Ever noticed how people can get angry about things they love? Today’s study puts it this way:
Verses 6-17: It is often the case that a person’s anger reflects his or her love. Believers who get angry with God reveal that they care about Him even though they do not fully understand Him.
(In verses 6-14), Job considered God an “enemy” (verse 9). Job was not alone in struggling this intensely with God. Jacob fought with the Angel of the Lord all night (Gen. 32:24-30); Peter argued with God (Acts 10:9-16). Anger with God can sometimes be a catalyst for spiritual growth. It can mean a person is outgrowing a less mature understanding of God.
Verses 6-9: These poignant thoughts from Job lamented his suffering as severe judgment from God, who had worn him out, withered his strength, and chewed him up by severe scrutiny (“sharpeneth his eyes upon me”).
Verses 12-14: Job refers to God as his “adversary”, who had broken, shaken, shot at, and cleaveth my reins.
Verses 15-20: He had no one to turn to in his sorrow, except God (verse 19), who was silent and had not vindicated him.
Verses 18-21: Job was not crying out for a mediator but for an advocate. He wanted a lawyer who would represent him before God. Here again is the gospel in Job, Jesus is the believer’s advocate at the throne of God (Heb. 7:25; 1 John 2:1).— Bible-Study.org Chapter 16
So where are you at today? How will you respond to the offer from God of grace, mercy, and salvation? Are you ready to lean into all that God has for you? Are you ready to persevere and trust and have your faith built up? My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you. Are you ready for forgiveness and peace? Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it.