Bible In One Year-Day 256 (Saturday, September 13, 2014)
Commentary: Job37-39. It is true that God does marvelous and great things which human beings cannot understand according to Elihu.
Job 37:5 “God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.”
In chapter37, Elihu made statements that were so eloquent about the attributes of God. However, looking deeply into his words, we could see that, though a sort of praises for God, they are more of accusing God for Job’s predicament. The praises he gave to God were not in the spirit but of emotion (anger, Job32:2) and the flesh, by which we cannot please God. There is nothing done in the flesh that pleases God in doing His work. Elihu’s eloquent words displeased God because of lack of understanding and He responded for the first time.
Job 38:1 “Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth (obscures, prevent light) counsel by words without knowledge (thoughtless, words without life,)?”
God’s words to Job were part of the wondrous things that man cannot comprehend even though they are familiar with them. The light in these words really shows the difference between what the Spirit says and that which man says. Elihu and company saw a problem and judged it by what they saw; they pointed fingers to God as the one behind it. But God made Job to see His loving-kindness, grace, love and mercy to mankind and other creatures and creations. God is not wicked. The lack of or limited understanding of man is the root of all problems. God’s lamentation is the lack of understanding of His (not the devil’s) people, Hosea4:6. This is responsible for wrong prayers or misdirected prayers. It is responsible for pointing of fingers to innocent beings. It is also responsible for wrong use of spiritual warfare weapons.
Peter, for example, in Matt26, used a wrong weapon for the right battle. Before then Jesus had told him to pray at a particular hour, he slept off. Prayer was necessary then but Peter chose sleep. When the authority came to arrest Jesus, Peter brought out his sword (a wrong weapon then) to cut off somebody’s ear. But because he did not have the understanding of what was happening, he wrongly used his weapon. Jesus made him to realize that the battle he was witnessing was part of purpose.
MLB Matthew 26:52 “Jesus then spoke to him, “Return your sword to its place, for all who draw the sword shall be destroyed by the sword. Or do you suppose I cannot appeal to My Father and at once He would provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? How, then, will the Scriptures be fulfilled that it must happen this way?”
God is good and His mercy lasts forever. Nothing can separate us from His love. The battle you are fighting is to build the revelation and plan of God into you for as long as you remain steadfast in your walk with Him and faithful in your heart towards Him.
1 Peter 5:10 “But the God of all grace, who hath called us to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect (equip you), stablish (stabilize), strengthen, settle (firmly establish) you.”
Job is a testimony to this passage. He passed through fire and walked in storm, God’s faithfulness remained with him.
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 Job40-42. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Pastor Supo Abayode
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries