22nd June: Job 3!:1-34:20

Job

31:1-40  –  For a summary of all that Job says here, we may go back to the very beginning of his story: ‘Job…was blameless and upright, one who feared God, and turned away from evil’ (1:1). He is a fine example of the kind of godly living which Paul made his ideal: ‘I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man’ (Acts 24:16). How many times we fall short of this ideal! Again and again, we must come to God with our confession of sin . We ‘have sinned’. We ‘fall short of the glory of God’ (Romans 3:23). How can our sins be forgiven? How can our guilt be removed? There is only one way. It is through ‘the blood of Jesus’. Through His blood, ‘our hearts are sprinkled clean from an evil conscience’. Confess your sins to God. Let ‘the blood of Jesus cleanse you from all sin’ (Hebrews 10:19-22; 1 John 1:9,7).

32:1-33:18  –  ‘The Bible is the Word of God’ – What do we mean when we say this? Two statements from Elihu may help us to think about this question. (a) ‘Understanding’ comes from ‘the breath of the Almighty’ (32:8). (b) ‘God does speak – now one way, now another – though man may not perceive it’ (33:14). ‘The breath of the Almighty’ – This is where the Scriptures come from: ‘All Scripture is God-breathed’ (2 Timothy 3:16). God has spoken. He has breathed out His Word. ‘God does speak – now one way, now another’ – There is great variety in the Bible. We have our favourite passages. Let’s not forget the more obscure and difficult passages – He speaks through ‘all Scripture’: ‘now one way, now another’. When the doubters fire their questions – remember: ‘God does speak…though man may not perceive it’!

33:19-34:20  –  Things are going well. We say, ‘Thank You, God’. We rejoice in the Lord. We give praise to His Name. Everything seems to be going so well – but we need to take care! In the good times, our praise and thanksgiving can go stale. We take God’s blessing for granted. Our rejoicing in the Lord becomes a superficial thing. Things start going badly. We blame God. We say, ‘Where are You, Lord? What are You going to do about this?’. What we must remember is this: The Lord is with us – even when we’re going through hard times. He hasn’t stopped loving us. He hasn’t gone away and left us. He is there beside us, every step of the way. He wants to bring us closer to Himself, to give us this powerful testimony: ‘He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I shall live to enjoy the light’ (33:28-30).

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