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During my life as a Christian I have read through the bible several times. God has always drawn me to His word and I’ve read it cover to cover on average of every 18 months ever since I became a believer during the summer of 1976.
As I recently read through the book of Job I made four general observations that are important life lessons for the believer:
1) When we are tested, we shall come forth as gold. (Job 23:10)
2) Have compassion on fools and those that wrongfully accuse you and pray for them. (Job 42:8)
3) If we are not absolutely sure how to respond to another’s adversity, it is best to wait for the Lord’s direction and to pray prayers of intercession. It is best to keep silent until we have been given an answer by God and only speaking on God’s behalf if and only if God directs us to be his messenger. Elihu waited to speak until Job’s three other friends had finished speaking. He spoke to the best of his knowledge about God’s righteousness, justice, and goodness. Elihu’s mistake was that although he was not nearly the fool Job’s other three friends were, he still did not fully get it right either. Although he was patient enough to let his elders speak first, he did not get God’s permission to speak for Him. However Elihu did not judge Job and therefore was not rebuked by God as his other three friends were. We need to learn to be patient and wait for the Lord’s timing. (Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.) Job’s situation was dire, to say the least, however, we must remember that God always has things in His control.
4) Some of our suffering is a direct result of persecution and has nothing to do with whether we have sinned or not sinned. However, God allows us to be tested by persecution in order to further His kingdom and fulfill His purposes. (Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. James 1:2-5 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.)
My servants shall eat.
My servants shall drink.
My servants shall rejoice.
My servants shall sing for joy of heart because their former troubles are forgotten and are hidden from their Lord’s eyes.
“One day at a time.” These words have got to be the 5 wisest words ever spoken. If you learn to heed them you’ll be well on your way to inner peace.
4 One thing I have desired of the LORD,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the LORD,
And to inquire in His temple.
One thing I like about working at Drury Hotels is their open door policy. Whenever I have a need or concern, I am free to approach my manager about it, without an appointment.
Fortunately for believers in Jesus Christ, this is so. And it gets even better in the life to come. Jesus invites us to come and ask Him all the questions in our hearts. Do you have an inquiring mind? Do you have questions on your heart? Write them on your soul and one day He will answer them!
Job sought an intercessor and regrettably his friends never interceded on his behalf. Job stated in Job 9, 33 “If only there were a mediator between us, someone who could bring us together”. He yearned for intercession, yet received nothing but accusations and judgement from his friends. After a lengthy debate with his so-called friends, he finally receives intercession from his Maker. God the Father intercedes for Himself (since He was misrepresented by both Job and his friends) as well as for Job. God then encourages Job to be an intercessor for his friends since their judgemental attitude and false statements against God’s righteous servant earned them a punishment befitting their lack of compassion and misrepresentation of God. Job is humbled and capitulates to intercede and receives a complete restoration of his former blessings.
When you’re faced with a seemingly impossible situation, do you have a friend who you can count on to intercede for you? I do, and His name is Jesus!