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Job 35-37

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Chapter 35 – Do you see so much evil today seemingly being rewarded that you wonder if being faithful to your convictions to God does any good?  I know I have certainly had those thoughts (it pains me to admit it).  BUT did you notice they were thinking the same thing back in Job’s day?  Elihu’s conclusion was that God is still concerned with the good and the evil even though he doesn’t always intervene immediately.  However, HE WILL intervene.  Sometimes the scenarios simply have to play themselves out like with what Job was going through.   We witness that Job was not a perfect, sinless man, and his suffering brought out his pride.

Elihu brings out a very painful truth here in verses 9-13 (The Message)

“When times get bad, people cry out for help.
They cry for relief from being kicked around,
But never give God a thought when things go well,
when God puts spontaneous songs in their hearts,
When God sets out the entire creation as a science classroom,
using birds and beasts to teach wisdom.
People are arrogantly indifferent to God—
until, of course, they’re in trouble,
and then God is indifferent to them.

These verses are so significant because we ALL tend to pray really hard when things are going wrong, but seem to forget to praise HIM and pray to HIM when things are good.  God WANTS to spend time with us … in good times and in bad times… whether we made bad choices which caused our consequences OR when there is an allowed event we must live through and pray through!!  God WANTS to hear our praise, our pleas, our thanksgiving, our crys of help, from ALL of us.  NOTHING you say is going to shock HIM.  We can learn from Job’s example to be sure we don’t begin to live in pride, self-righteousness, or even rebellion.

Keep in mind that God is the “perfect gentleman”.  He has given us FREE WILL, so we can make our own CHOICES.  God will allow us to make CHOICES that will destroy us because he honors the gift of FREE WILL that HE gave to us.  God will NOT barge through the door.   HE desires to be asked in and will wait for us to ask.  An example that comes to mind to further this idea of FREE WILL strictly from a human perspective is the entire concept of dating and marriage.  I have seen people date; one person falls in love while the other person openly admits NOT to have the same feelings.  I have seen the one in love do many things to compromise who they are to get the affection of the one they love, to get the commitment from the one they love.  “Surely he/she must love me because they want to be with me.”  If the one in love is a dominant personality, they will drive the other person kicking and screaming to the altar and SOON wonder WHY they got married.  THAT is not true love.. that is abuse of power… or a controlling, selfish person.  My point is that the person who went along with the marriage but did not feel the same made what I call a poor FORCED CHOICE.  God does not want us to make a FORCED CHOICE.  He wants us to come to HIM out of our heart’s desire, our own FREE WILL.

Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV) says:

 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. NOW CHOOSE LIFE, so that you and your children may live.

Although we have only read a little in Genesis before we went to Job we saw how grieved God becomes when we sin …. Because it separates us from HIM.  Yes, it separates us from HIM.  HE wants us to CHOOSE LIFE!!  He wants the best for us.  However, often our choices are not the choices God would like us to make.  God says HE knocks on the door and wants us to invite HIM in.  Revelation 3:20 says:

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” He has already chosen us (see Ephesians 1:4 “For he chose us in him BEFORE the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.

God wants us to CHOOSE HIM, to WANT HIM of our own volition.  Remember..  FREE WILL.  Denial is a CHOICE.  Forgiveness is a CHOICE.  LOVE is a CHOICE.  Asking Jesus to be our Lord and Savior is a CHOICE.  Sin is a CHOICE.  Obeying God is a CHOICE.  God is not looking for perfection, but obedience.  KNOW… there is NO SIN that God cannot forgive.  Three is NO sin he will not forgive, if we come to HIM with a willing heart.  Many of us have come to HIM because of the mess WE made and finally realized HE is the answer.  Is now your time to turn your life over to HIM?  It will be a decision you will not regret.

WHY do I discuss this here ???…. Because I see Elihu trying to express that our actions DO matter to God, regardless of everything else that is going on in the world, in our job, in politics, in our home, with our finances, with our marriage, with our health, etc.  He cares.  However, there ARE consequences for the choices we make.  God STILL LOVES us, He wants us to confess our sin and CHOOSE Him, but our actions still have consequences.

An example of consequences ~~~ IF we went to the top of a ski slope, made a large snow ball, took our energy to push this large snow ball down the slope .. the large snow ball would roll downhill, continue to get larger, gain speed and potentially harm other skiers on the slope.  Even if we repent of pushing this snowball down the slope as we watched it grow and begin knocking skiers down … God would forgive us because we ASKED for forgiveness.  However, He is not going to stop the snowball.  The potential consequences could be that the many people are physically harmed, the huge snowball crashes into the ski lodge, and even worse you could get sued for endangering the lives of people as well as property damage.

Chapter 36 – vs 26 “How great is God – beyond our understanding!!”

Chapter 37 – vs 5 “HE does great things beyond our understanding!!”

Elihu makes some great points in his presentation.  And he HAD to be getting the attention of Job and his friends because no one is even trying to say anything!!  HOWEVER, even with the many many truths that Elihu presented he was so close to helping Job but then went down the wrong path.  It is SIGNIFICANT that after Elihu stresses that God is in control …. God Himself breaks into the discussion to draw the right conclusions.

The wonderful news is that WE do live with a God who cares deeply.  Who is in control.  HE wants to have daily time with us.  WE have HIS Word to read to hear from Him.  We have the Holy Spirit in us to guide us and teach us through his still small voice, through situations, and through relationships.  KNOW that there are some circumstances you did not cause, your sin did not get you into the situation, but that God KNOWs where you/I need to be purified so we grow into more of HIS image and live more for Him.

So what do you guys think?  Any questions, comments, ways God is speaking to you?

Sharing HIS love,


Job 32-34

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I have to admit that reading today’s portion with Elihu was a challenge for me.  I had to read it in several versions plus a couple of commentaries before things began to click.  God brought to mind a scripture in Daniel which clarified much of Job for me.  The verse I read was Daniel 9:21 (NIV)

“As SOON as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the word and understand the vision:”

I was reminded of the bigger picture.  First, we have a God who loves us more deeply than we will ever be able to comprehend this side of heaven and HE wants to restore each of us.  Second, there is a HUGE spiritual battle happening around us.  There are things happening in the heavenlies that we can’t begin to comprehend but Job 1 opens our eyes to the ongoing warfare happening between good and evil, the temporal and eternity, God and satan (Sorry, I simply refuse to capitalize that name, I know the grammar is incorrect).

The scripture from Daniel reminded me that God and HIS team heard Daniel’s prayers from the moment he first uttered them.  However, there was a delay in the response due to spiritual warfare …. The same kind of warfare that Job is a part of… The same kind of warfare that EACH of us encounter daily.  The same kind of warfare that will exist until Jesus returns again.

And third, we have Jesus Christ who gave his life for us and rose from the dead so that we would have eternal life with HIM as well as abundant life here on earth.  Job and his friends didn’t have the Scriptures, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit.  We are so blessed to have each of these things to bring us comfort, peace, love, and more moment by moment.  Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!

I was also reminded from Isaiah 55:8-9 that:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither 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

It is our CHOICE and responsibility to ask HIM into our heart, obey Him, trust Him and submit to His will, even when we don’t understand. (ok… so I didn’t say this was going to be easy, but the results will be greater than ANY greatness we can possibly imagine!!)

Chapter 32 – Enter Elihu.  Job’s three friend’s had stopped answering Job “because he was righteous in HIS OWN EYES.”  Job 32 verse 1.  I am grateful they stopped, but their reason for stopping really caught my attention today.

Elihu is not a happy camper.  He was quite angry.  He was angry with Job for comparing his righteousness with God’s righteousness (pride, arrogance, self-righteousness, and Elihu mentions possibly rebellion …. OUCH).  He was also angry because the three friends had not come up with an answer, nor proved Job wrong.  The young man had waited for everyone else to stop talking and then he lost his temper.  He tells all of them that he thought wisdom came with age, but he had been wrong and in verse 8 he stated: “BUT IT IS THE SPIRIT IN A MAN, THE BREATH OF THE ALMIGHTY, THAT GIVES HIM UNDERSTANDING.”

Yes, Job was being prideful, possibly a touch of self-righteousness with a bit of arrogance the longer he spoke.  Elihu maintained that Job was NOT suffering because of sin; he was sinning because of suffering (go ahead read that again … it is not original, but I can’t remember where I read it and I had to read it a couple of times before it’s importance sank in :-)).  I am not excusing Job or dismissing Elihu’s points because they are both God BREATHED.  However, I do have great compassion for Job who had lost EVERY thing in a day and suffered for a YEAR … who wouldn’t be going through all the stages of grieving (toooo many opportunities for sinning with that one…. argh).

It was pointed out in the study I did last year that the word BREATH was used 3 times (maybe you counted more).  In the verse above, in Job 33:4, and in 34:14.  God BREATHED life into Adam and Eve.  He BREATHED life into each of us.  If anyone out there has challenges breathing, or is around someone who does … you know how precious each breath we take really is.  And ONLY God gives us BREATH.

Chapter 33 – Elihu rebukes Job in verses 8-12

“But you have said in my hearing—
I heard the very words—
‘I am pure, I have done no wrong;
    I am clean and free from sin.
10 Yet God has found fault with me;
he considers me his enemy.
11 He fastens my feet in shackles;
he keeps close watch on all my paths.’

12 “But I tell you, in this you are not right,
for God is greater than any mortal.

OOOOOUUUUUCCCCCHHHHHHHH!!!!  How many times have I had my own pity party … “I don’t like it, it’s not fair, I’m not the worst person I know…blah blah blah…. “  Elihu certainly puts things into perspective doesn’t he?  Then, Elihu began saying that God was trying to answer Job’s question as to why things were happening to him, but Job was not listening.  The “Life Application Bible” states: “Elihu misjudged God on this point.  Job was listening.  However, if God were to answer all our questions, we would not be adequately tested.  What if God had said ‘Job, satan is going to test you and afflict you, but in the end you’ll be healed and get everything back?’” IMHO I think we’d STILL be asking “but God… when will it end.. and WHY is he testing and afflicting me???”    The BOTTOM line is that it is ALL about TRUST even though we don’t understand why our lives are going a certain way (Isaiah 55:8-9).

In verses 13-23, Elihu is telling Job the ways God speaks to men (in dreams and visions, through suffering, and through mediating angels).  In verses 24-28, Elihu is telling Job to repent.  A few things I find interesting in these scriptures because they are all foreshadows of JESUS are:

  1. an ANGEL on our side/MEDIATOR (Jesus)
  2. flesh is RENEWED like a child’s, RESTORED as in the day of his youth (Resurrection)
  3. found a RANSOM for him (Jesus)
  4. He is RESTORED to GOD in his RIGHTEOUS STATE (because of Jesus)
  5. He REDEEMED MY SOUL from going down to the pit (Jesus is our REDEEMER)

Verses 29-30 .. “God does all these things to a man twice, even three times to TURN BACK HIS SOUL FROM THE PIT that the LIGHT of LIFE may SHINE ON HIM.”

Chapter 34 – Elihu is speaking directly to the friends.  The important thing he points out is that “GOD DOES NOT DO EVIL” in verse 10.  We are reminded that each man spoke nuggets of truth buried under layers of false assumptions based on their own paradigms (which were not based on God’s wisdom).

I know I said this earlier, but I am JUST so GRATEFUL to have Jesus Christ in my life, the Holy Spirit living in me, and to be able to freely read and write about the Word of God.  LORD KNOWS I am a sinner and it is ONLY by his mercy and grace that I can SHOUT TO THE LORD AND SING PRAISES TO HIM!!  HOW awesome is it that HE loves us so much that HE doesn’t want to give us what we deserve.  (PHEW!!)

FAITH… TRUST… Job had both of these, even in his pride he still NEVER took his eyes off God Almighty.

What do you all think?  What stood out to you?

Sharing HIS love,



You have already read 31 chapters of the book of JOB!!!  YIPPEE!!!  You’ve heard all JOB has had to say PLUS 3 LOOONNNNGGGGGGGG rounds of debate!

During this entire debate, there has been a young guy just sitting, listening, taking it all in.  His name was Elihu.

Pronounced: ‘ee LIE hew’, according to www.blueletterbible.org, his name means:  “He is my God”.

Elihu was mad at all of them.  He was mad at Job for not admitting any sin and mad at all of the 3 friends for arguing with Job falsely.  Elihu, remained silent because He thought EVENTUALLY one of the friends would say something wise!  After all, didn’t wisdom come with age?  They were all older than he was, yet they had nothing to say that hinted at wisdom.

FINALLY Elihu speaks up and realizes WISDOM comes from the Lord, and the Lord is going to use him to speak this time.

The next 6 Chapters are Elihu’s discourse.  It will be good but incomplete.  GOD will then come in and complete it.

“See” you tomorrow!