"Job's answer to Eliphaz's third address"
"Then Job answered and said,"
"Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier
than my groaning."
strokes coming against me are stronger than what I am complaining about.
"Oh that I knew where I might find Him! that I might come
even to His seat!"
is speaking of the Father. Job
was seeking to be judged only by God, and not by any man, for Job knew
that God knew the intent and innocence of his heart and mind.
"I would order my cause before Him, and fill my mouth with
desires to present his case right before the throne of God.
Are you ready at this time if God calls you home to present your
case at the throne of God. Job
was ready to go a any moment in time, for he wasn't ashamed of anything
that he had said or done.
"I would know the words which He would answer me, and
understand and He would say unto me."
knew that he was a righteous man, and he is saying here that he would
learn to know those words that God must have him to say.
"Will He plead against me with His great power? No; but He
would put strength in me."
is telling us that God is not going to knock me down for those things
that I have said, for he knows that God knows the intent of His heart.
Job knew that he has not lost any of faith in Father, and God
will strengthen him for that faith.
Job lived right and he knew that God will judge him right.
God is fair.
"There the righteous might dispute with Him; so should I be
delivered for ever from my Judge."
is saying that before the throne of God, he will be found innocent.
"Behold, I go forward, but He is not there; and backward,
but I cannot perceive Him:"
matter where Job goes to look for God, he cannot find Him anywhere at
"On the left hand, where He doth work, but I cannot behold
Him: He hideth Himself on the right hand, that I cannot
Job could not find God at this point in time, some day shortly he will
find God. Stop for a moment
and ask yourself, who is at the right hand of God?
Of course it is Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ went to be on the right hand of the Father when he
ascended into heaven. I
Peter 3:21 "The
like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the
putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good
conscience toward God), by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:"
"Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of
God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto Him."
the Christ is the Savior that gives us the power to become the sons of
God, and to overcome the evil that is upon the earth.
The resurrection is 1500 years after Job.
"But He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me,
I shall come forth as gold."
is saying that I don't know where He is, but He knows were I am.
Don't you wish that you could be as sure as Job was, that when he
is tried, he would come forth as gold?
Job had no doubt, for he knew that he had a destiny with God.
"My foot hath held His steps, His way have I kept, and not
your feet on the solid path of righteousness?
"Neither have I gone back from the commandment of His lips;
I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary
is saying that He doesn't let anything come before God.
"But He is in one mind, and who can turn Him: and what His
soul desireth, even that He doeth."
is telling these three friends of his that God has a plan, and what
happens to us is in accordance to God's plan.
Job had sores on himself from head to toe, but still Job knew it
was all part of God's plan. Christ
had not come to earth as a baby, nor suffered death on the cross at the
time of Job's life, so Job did not have the power and authority that you
and I have today. Job knew
that God had a complete plan, and Job knew that he was a important part
of that plan. Can you say
the same? Job didn't know
what was happening, but he knew that God did.
"For He performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and
many such things are with Him."
you understand that God has a purpose in your life, as one that is
predestined, as in Romans 8.
God's Will will be done just as God spoke it.
If you want to know how that will is going to take place, it is
all written in His plan, the Word of God.
"Therefore am I troubled at His presence: when I consider, I
am afraid of Him."
is saying; When I think of God in My presence, I revere Him.
"For God maketh my heart soft, and The Almighty troubleth
"Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath
He covered the darkness from my face."
knew that before this trouble came upon him, he was not cut off.
What Job is saying here is that he is not so much troubled by His
calamities, but by my ignorance for the reason that God does afflict me.
Though all these afflictions came upon Job, Job held firm to his
convictions. When affliction
comes into your life are you intelligent enough to know whether the
trouble comes from Satan or God correcting you?
God allows trouble to come into your life to test you, however,
God also has given each of us the power and authority to order those
things out of our lives. Do
you have the sense to take command over your life when Satan is putting
trouble in your life? Anytime
you start to drift off of God's overall plan, and get all tied up with
words that have no purpose, you are in trouble.
Stick to the facts that are backed up within the Word.
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