Job 29-31, Psalm 142
Through Job’s sufferings we are beginning to see the first signs of a change in his focus. Like most, when suffering comes our way, our focus is on our own plight. In severe torment, it is hard to get our eyes off of ourselves. But, unless we do, learning from these trials can not take place. We see in Job 24, when Job is complaining of the effects of the wicked, that he begins to take his eyes off himself and look around at what others are dealing with. In Philippians 2:4, Paul tells us, “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
In chapter 26 and 28, he begins to discuss some the most amazing aspects of God’s creation. These facts, such as 26:7, “He hangs the world on nothing”, written around 4000 years ago are absolutely incredible. Before gravity was discovered by Sir Isaac Newton around 1700, the theories that were around were: for the Greeks, Atlas held the world on his shoulders, for those in India, it was held on the back of an elephant, for those in Africa, it was supported by a giant tortoise. But well before, Job in the Bible, has it correct. This focus on the awesomeness of God leads Job to recognize in Chapter 29, that everything good in his life was from God.
Job has completed the transition, from self to others to God. Once he regains his focus he realizes just how tragic his situation is without God. David felt this separation from God often and stated so in many of his Psalms. It is best illustrated, when Jesus feels this separation from His Father, because of our sin laid upon Him on the cross, when He says, in Matthew 27:46, “My God, My God why have You forsaken Me?” As Job makes this transition in his focus, it will come to completion by the end of this book. The same holds true for us, and is expressed well by Peter in his letter, 1 Peter 1:6-7,9, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ… receiving the end of your faith-the salvation of your souls.”
Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley: