Google+ 03/08/13 Read Job!

Job 22:27-28


You will pray to him, and he will hear you,
and you will fulfill your vows to him.
You will succeed in whatever you choose to do,
and light will shine on the road ahead of you.


For those of you that have never read the little book of Job in the Old Testament, put it on your "to-do" list right now!  If you ever believe you are having a bad day, read Job.  If you ever think God has deserted you, read Job.  If you ever think you have great faith, read Job.  Ok, I will stop with the "read Job" admonition, but please read Job!  We are sure that Job did not write this entire book, if any at all.  We know that because the record of his death is included in Chapter 42:17.  The author of this important book of the Bible is not ever identified.  We learn many things from the book of Job.  The overriding message is to demonstrate to man the inadequacy of human reason to account for the suffering of the innocent.  The book of Job also points out the mystery of divine freedom, which does not contradict the goodness of God.  For those of you that don't know this story, Job was described as an "upright" man, fearing God, and was seemingly without an evil presence within him.  By vocation, he was a judge.  All of the tragic things that happened to Job were permitted by God, upon Satan's request.  Surviving these "tests" gave Job a new appreciation of God's sovereignty and sufficiency.  In our Scripture today, Job is accused by Eliphaz the Temanite of sin.  Eliphaz encourages Job to repent.  Regardless of the fact that Eliphaz is accusing the wrong person of sin, Eliphaz utters one of the most beautiful passages of Scripture dealing with forgiveness.  Our two verses are part of this wonderful testimony, and we should focus on this in our lives.   Job is told to pray to God and fulfill his vows.  After this repentance prayer, Job can expect that he will succeed at all he does and that the light will shine on his life.  Please hear these words of encouragement.  Notice that our Scripture does not say that Job will have a "problem-free" life.  Job is not told that trials will not come.  Job is told that God will hear him pray and shine His light upon Job.  If you are struggling right now, read Job!  Struggling is truly part of being a devoted Christian.  Take your example from Jesus.  He was half divine and struggled every day of His earthly life with something.  Remember Jesus' final repentance?  The result of His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane was His death on the cross at Golgotha.  I lobby that none of us will suffer that fate!  Pray and repent.  It is the only way.  When you do, you will walk in God's light.  If you are not sure, read Job!