Job 8-11, Psalm 137
As we continue to read the despair in Job’s remarks coupled with the increasingly condemning remarks by his friends, your heart breaks for him. It’s easy to question, why doesn’t God intervene sooner? Why does He allow this torment to continue? But we know that His ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts , Nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”)Jon Courson believes that the answer is that God is teaching Job how to walk by faith and not by sight. We all desire a comfortable life, free of difficulties. But God loves us too much to leave us immature in our walk with Him. In James 1:2-4, James writes, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect (mature in certain versions) and complete, lacking nothing.” Every person used mightily by God had to grow in faith before that time. When Abraham offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice, the ultimate show of faith in God, this came after a lifetime of grooming by God. We can also never forget the promise of God in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” So, as we go through difficulties may we use these times as a time to depend on Him stronger and deepen our faith.
In his despair, after appropriately exalting God and stating just how inferior he is to God, he says,:For He is not a man, as I am, that I may answer Him, And that we should go to court together. Nor is there any mediator between us, who may lay his hand on us both.” (Job 9:32-33). We, fortunately, are not in the same situation as Job, we have Jesus who fulfills this role. Paul writes, “..that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:19,21). Job realized just how desperate and hopeless he was apart from God. The problem is that we live in a world where our situation is just as hopeless without Christ, but those in the world don’t realize it. Most people feel they are pretty good. May we, who have the entirety of Scripture, who realize that we are undeserving of all that we have, be forever thankful for the mercy and grace that has been lavished on us. And may we never forget the price it cost in the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, our Mediator.
Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley: