Bible In One Year-Day 245 (Monday, September 2, 2013)
Commentary: Job4-6. Surely, Job was a succor and an asset to his friends before his predicament.
In chapter 3, Job cursed the day he was born. His wordings were so hard and quite uncomfortable for his friends bear. The friends then made the statements in chapter4 referring to how Job was there for them when they were in their predicaments.
Job 4:3-6 “Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands. Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees. But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled. Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?”
Job’s plight is a message to us that difficulties are not necessarily because of sin. No sin was recorded against Job for him to experience this woe; rather it was God’s pride over him. The plight was God’s way of boasting over Job to Satan. There are some truths in what his friends said in chapter 5, but these truths were said out of ignorance and so may not be appropriate for Job’s case. For instance, they believed that Job must have done something terrible for God to unleash such punishment on him. It is true that such problem could be as a result of sin, but not in the case of Job. Any Christian going through difficult times should not opt for an alternative outside God’s word but TRUST God for help. Whatever He allows in our lives as His children is to shame the devil and encourage others for as long as we do not disappoint Him.
James 1:12 “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”
Job loved the Lord and this helped him to overcome the trying period. We are made to understand that in his trying time, he did not sin against God. One of the promises of God to His genuine children is that no temptation will overcome them for as long as they remain in the boundary He has provided for them.
1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it”.
To understand the principle of spiritual warfare, we must know what the rules are, and to know the rules, we must read, study and meditate the word of God. And our hearts must be soft enough to let the word take root.
Luke 8:13 “They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.”
We can make use of our trying times to our own advantage by getting closer to God in prayer and the study of His word. His response to such attitude is always awesome.
Ezekiel 36:26 “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Job7-9. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Pastor Supo Abayode
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries