by Christina Farris
1 Then Job answered and said,
2 I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.
3 Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest?
4 I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you.
5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.
6 Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased?
7 But now he hath made me weary: thou hast made desolate all my company.
8 And thou hast filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me: and my leanness rising up in me beareth witness to my face.
9 He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me.
10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me.
11 God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.
12 I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.
13 His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground.
14 He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant.
15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust.
16 My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death;
17 Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure.
18 O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place.
19 Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.
20 My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.
21 O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour!
22 When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return. A man name Job, it is pronounced with a long o. He has been tested by Satan by permission of God. Job was a righteous man, and Satan wanted to test him basicly and God said you can do anything but kill him. Job lost his children, he lost his animals, he lost his home, he then lost his health with boils on his skin. His wife even told him to curse God and die, his friends were not of any help, they blamed Job for his trouble that he probably was not as righteous as he thought to be going through this turmoil in his life, especially considering how much he lost, that God was against him and he need to repent. Job was wearing sackcloth and ashes, sitting and talking to his friends and to God. He scratch the boils with jarred pieces of broken clay. He was miserable beyond reproach, and yet, instead of cursing God, he began to weep and speak his grief and his discomfort about his situation to God and his friends. When he finishes his discourse in Chapter 16 of Job we find he desires an intercessor, someone to plead his cause before God, after all he could not have that many more years to live with the way things were going.
How many of us want to plead our case before God, to plead because our situation is just not what we had hope it would be by the time one is the age one is. The disaster/failures seem to be greater then the years. I even had once in my own life someone tell me I might as will give up, and in truth that is not a solution. Actually that happened more then once, but what they did not see or could not see was joy I had despite my own trouble. Joy in the mist of hardship or woes is probably the hardest to deal with. Was I better then Job, by no means, there were always moments in life when you like to lash out at God because things are not what they should be that is normal emotion. Do you allow God to comfort you during a storm or do you just get bitter. If you allow God to comfort you, He can enable and strengthens you, giving you hope in the storm. Job seems to be without hope in this chapter at the point by the end he wanted someone to intercede and plead his case to God for him, perhaps at this point he was tired, or maybe he wanted someone to take his side in his trial.
In some trials there is no taking sides with, only a hope for a light sentence, the fate of the one accused is already marked by evidence unbearable. The reality of the the evidence unreal to the person, in other cases the evidence is not there and that when a public defender is able to get someone off the hook despite the probability of the case of the person being guilt as charged. Job felt and knew in his heart as believer what ever was happening was not normal. He had given to the poor and helped the widows and orphans, was kind to all. His heart was purified with the love of God and disaster had struck. Yet there was a reason for the disaster he was being tested.
Jesus went through a test for forty days in the wilderness by Satan to see if he really was the chosen one of God. Truth Satan already probably knew but he just wanted to see if he could cause him to change his view to his side with temptation of power not of his control. Jesus talks directly to God while fasting for forty days as he prepares for the temptation of Satan. Job had no preparation time, beyond the daily walk he had with God, yet his storms came swiftly. Can this happen to you? Can you be tested, the answer his yes, but guess what God limits Satan power in each test. Think what could of happened and has not and you know God is still on your side, just not allowing the devil to tempt you more then you can stand. Our faith is a testimony in the storm, even in our failures at times, we see our own weaknesses. If we examine the whole book of Job, we discover he did have need of repentance because he felt he deserved none of things that happened to him, because of his righteousness by faith in God. He made things right with God and even prayed intercessory prayer for his three friends that sat with him. God healed and restore his life.
Job by faith as a friend of God needed no other intercessor besides God's word. Yet God had not promised him a life without hardship or pain. Life is filled with hardship and pain. It is filled with lonely hours and over worked and underpaid positions in life. Life has storms of fire, earthquakes, tornadoes and so forth. Life is filled with devastation, loss of friends and family members. Yet most storms in life are spread out enough to be able to breath in between or bounce back from those things, to be able to move forward. Yet there are times when one loose everything only to find one self searching to over come the horror of the situation. That is when most would agree they need an intercessor, someone to comfort and to save them from perhaps more doom. Some people are smiling because they know from experience of the outcome of hope in the storm and others in empathy are crying, because they know not the hope in the storm.
God still heard Job and his discourse with Job shows him all he sees in the world in the book of Job. and how He even there when a deer gives birth in the woods. Job is a wonderful book to read to see the majesty of God, yet God desires to restore us after the trial and tribulation in life. Sometimes it is not with gold as some would of liked, but it is the inner contentment of peace that only God brings to a better life anew.
Jesus life would not be restore after his first trial, in fact He would walk the earth three years telling of the Kingdom of Heaven the home he longed for. The place of many mansions. Jesus did not stop his journey, his journey did not end without having one test and that was to face the cross for the will of the Father. He died able to forgive those that nailed him. Then after his descent to hell, he came up to heaven, to only come back to teach for forty days and to finally go home to be with the Father, the place he had come from orignally. Jesus from above not from earth below. Adam was made of the dust of the ground not from the word of God as Christ was in the womb of Mary.
Our trials in life are not over with the first hardship or last hardship. Some have money to play on the golf field and you think they never suffered, but they knew how to achieve their goaled unless born with a silver spoon. It does not mean they did not experience loss of love one, or loss of something important in their life, it only means they may of had power on their own to do something about the situation. Some do not have the recourse to change their situation and some do. No matter the situation one needs to keep fighting, knowing God has not abandon nor forsaken, He is still going to take through the storm if you will trust in him. Did God not send ministering angels to Jesus during the agony of what was coming by the way of the cross to comfort him. How much more will God comfort us.
His intercession is already in place through Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit to minister to our hearts during our trials in life. He is neither left us or foresake us. His intercession provided by his gifts to those that receive Christ as Lord and Savior, even when all other friends abandon. Where are you this morning in the time of trouble or the time of hope, or the time of restoration. Do not need anyone to intercede your case but God, Father, Son/Word and Holy Spirit. God's word was present in the life of Job as intercession, and comfort came not from his friends but the Holy Spirit. He had all he needed, he was in place he could not see it in his life. Yet when he could it was the being of hope.
Where is your faith this morning, where is the intercessor in your life. How is God your enabler in the storm? He is there to bring you comfort, hope and restoration. Restoration in life or restoration by bring you home to Him. Whatever the case is for you as individual whether you seen the hope , know the hope, and experience the hope, you can rest in the hope of God.
Dear Heavenly Father give us the hope of restoration to come even in the darkest hour of the storm and in the night. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:ob 42:1-17 KJV
1 Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.
3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.
8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.
9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.
10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.
12 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.
14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch.
15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.
16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations.
17 So Job died, being old and full of days.