Wed, August 23, 2017
Receive His Grace
Job 10:12 – You gave me life and showed me your unfailing love. My life was preserved by your care.
Suffering itself is not the central theme; but rather, what Job learns from the suffering: the sovereignty of God over all creation. We must turn to Him in our suffering to receive His grace WITHIN it, and seek His deliverance FROM it. The Holy Spirit (not our experience, age, or station in life) is the Author of wisdom. He helps us make sense out of and move forward from life’s most awful experiences. No matter what happens, God offers grace.
Thu, August 24, 2017
Don’t Be Mistaken
Job 12:13 – But true wisdom and power are found in God; counsel and understanding are His.
“Jesus’ ministry was filled with demonstrations of God removing suffering and releasing people from its agonies. In Christ’s ministry we see God’s heart: although suffering is a fact, it was not intended as a part of God’s order for humanity. Some of Job’s responses do show righteous insights from which we all may draw in times of trial (19:25-27; 23:10; 42:1-6). Beyond that, never mistake the truth: Job’s trial is called a captivity (42:10—the KJV best translates the Hebrew word shawbaw), not a situation distilling from mere circumstance but from satanic contrivance. Recovery was a deliverance from the devil’s ploys, not simply a providential survival beyond normal “to-be-expected” human difficulty.”
Fri, August 25, 2017
Job 19:25 –But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and He will stand upon the earth at last.
“We must always remember that the Fall broke God’s original order. Our present frailty and human vulnerability to suffering is a part of the Fall’s aftermath...the awful dimensions of suffering are not solely the fruit of that Fall. Sin opened the door to the possibility of suffering, but its proliferation is advanced by the works of darkness. Job is a handbook of wisdom that discloses the stark reality that suffering is often the direct result of satanic attack and bondage. Don’t miss this major truth of the book. Job balances the fact of human frailty with the fact of satanic ferocity, and in the end the true nature of God is revealed.”
Sat, August 26, 2017
Do You Believe?
Job 13:15 – Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him....
“When everything else seems to fail, confidence in God’s character is the bottom line. Job was so convinced of the redemptive nature of God (19:25), that he would trust in God even in the face of death. The issue of faith rests in God’s ability to perform, while the action of faith rests in one’s ability to believe. The ability to believe is given to every person (Rom. 12:3); how one uses this ability will determine the kind of relationship one will have with the God for whom nothing is impossible.”