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  • J. Randal Matheny 6:31 am on 2016-10-13 Permalink | Reply
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    ‘What I know:’ The arrogance of an angry youth 

    Three times in his opening statement, young Elihu talks about “what I know” Job 32.6, 10, 17. He could hardly wait for the three older friends of Job to stop talking. They failed to convince Job of his sin, and now he’s sure he can do it. He’s going to “explain” it to them. (More …)

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 7:43 am on 2014-03-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Quotes by Mike Brooks about the OT book of Job 

    Tweeting from Mike Brooks’s book on the book of Job today. Come follow along.

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2013-11-22 Permalink | Reply
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    (#113) The Proverbs of Solomon 16:20-Work With Faith 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 16:20: “He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.”

    A “people will be oppressed” when they remove the wise from leadership (Isaiah 3:1-5).

    An internship, or a minimum-wage job, or some other entry-level work, is designed for someone to learn a work ethic, while receiving lower wages, because these are to help the worker gain experience and learn to progress from that point! “Heeding” in that job becomes a stepping-stone to further oneself beyond that job. Whatever we earn, we have in our possession; whatever we give to God, He has treasured for us in Heaven. Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).

    Trusting in the LORD, or “faith,” is the theme of the Word of God, which shows that God is completely dependable and capable of guiding us in the best way to go, here and in the hereafter.

    Christians with jobs are admonished: “Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:22-24).

    Applying “Wisdom” to all that we do produces “good,” and to do it with “trust in the LORD” completes a soul’s satisfaction. Paul wrote to Christians: “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12).

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 5:19 am on 2013-10-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Job or Ministry? 

    Here’s a neat little article that compliments something that I posted the other day. I found it in the Findlay church of Christ bulletin. It was labeled as “Author Unknown” but it sounds like whoever wrote it had some experience for the most part.

    JOB OR MINISTRY?

    Some people have a job in the church. Others involve themselves in ministry. What’s the difference?

    • If you do it just because no one else will…it’s a job. If you do it to serve God…it’s a ministry.
    • If you quit because someone criticized you…it’s a job. If you kept on serving in spite of criticism…it’s a ministry.
    • If you’ll do it only so long as it doesn’t interfere with other things…it’s a job. If you’re committed to staying with it, even when it means letting other things go…it’s a ministry.
    • If you quit because no one ever praised or thanked you…it’s a job. If you stay even though no one notices your efforts…it’s a ministry.
    • If you do it because someone else said it needs to be done…it’s a job. If you do it because you know it needs to be done…it’s a ministry.

    It’s hard to get excited about a job. It’s almost impossible not to get excited about a ministry. An average church is filled with people doing jobs. A great and growing church is filled with people involved in ministry!

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-10-15 Permalink | Reply
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    (#86) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:23-No “Communism” Here! 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 14:23: “In all labor there is profit, But idle chatter leads only to poverty.”

    Since God established the “work ethic,” where there is no “labor,” there is no “profit” (capital, benefit, earnings). In the Garden of Eden, God gave man a job, “to tend and keep it” (Genesis 2:15). After Adam sinned, God expelled him with a job: “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread” (Genesis 3:19).

    God’s endorsement of this principle, through Solomon, was: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10); “The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, Whether he eats little or much; But the abundance of the rich will not permit him to sleep” (Ecclesiastes 5:12). A communistic welfare state, which takes from the workers and re-distributes to non-workers, promotes slothfulness: “The desire of the lazy man kills him, For his hands refuse to labor. He covets greedily all day long, But the righteous gives and does not spare” (Proverbs 21:25-26). This proverb is added to Christ’s Law: “Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need” (Ephesians 4:28). Another proverb of Solomon is taught in the New Testament: “The person who labors, labors for himself, For his hungry mouth drives him on” (Proverbs 16:26); “For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). God’s damnation is upon all efforts to by-pass His “work ethic” principle: covetousness, stealing, extortion, excessive or punitive taxes, scams, schemes, gambling and lotteries (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

    Solomon also showed the “vanity” of giving workers’ profits to non-workers: “Then I hated all my labor in which I had toiled under the sun, because I must leave it to the man who will come after me. And who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will rule over all my labor in which I toiled and in which I have shown myself wise under the sun. This also is vanity. Therefore I turned my heart and despaired of all the labor in which I had toiled under the sun. For there is a man whose labor is with wisdom, knowledge, and skill; yet he must leave his heritage to a man who has not labored for it. This also is vanity and a great evil” (Ecclesiastes 2:18-21). Whatever “profit” that comes from honest “labor” belongs to the “laborer,” and no one else! Losing control of what one has worked for kills any incentive for working. Since God charged men with “work,” Marxism/socialism is a direct attack on manhood, and an enslaving of womanhood who must do man’s work!

    “Idle chatter” (empty talk) profits nothing, and destroys people who believe it. All who talk about work instead of working are leading to “poverty” and NOT “profit!” Marxism, and all who follow it, is rebellion against God that impoverishes nations. It has never been a success, and never will! Jesus shows a spiritual application when He said: “’Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.’ Then they said to Him, ‘What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent’” (John 6:26-29). Neither physical nor spiritual “profits” are for those who “will not work!” America was rich as long as it was not a “welfare state” that “re-distributed” the wealth of its workers! All economies bankrupt when workers’ profits are used by non-workers!

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • Michael Summers 8:50 pm on 2013-07-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Job’s Friends, Labeling, and Us 

    We label items to help us account for them and use them efficiently. Both leaders and office workers use carefully named folders (computer and traditional) to organize their material. Labels help to find and also help us to understand. The packaging for food and other commercial items will inform us what is inside, whether it has been inspected, what risks it poses to us (proper use, calories, fat grams, etc.), and how to dispose of it after use. Labels sometimes confuse or misdirect. Signs on dumpsters that state, “This is not a dumpster,” clearly misinform. A dumpster (a large container for item disposal) is a specifically designed piece of equipment. The sign-maker perhaps should have written, “This dumpster is for recycling only. Do not place trash in it.”
    We also label people. Soldiers wear uniforms that often have their names and ranks affixed. Soldiers who have trained in special skills may wear badges that identify those skills. Workers in the restaurant and hospitality industries wear uniforms that identify their employer, their name, and their place within the organization. Prisoners today often wear brightly colored uniforms that identify them as such. We may also describe people according their height, weight, skin pigmentation, religious preference, and a variety of other variables. During Jesus’ ministry, a disciple tried to label someone by asking, “Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born…? We sometimes label people verbally with derogatory descriptions.
    Friends of the biblical character Job also labeled him. They said, “Wicked man (Job 15:20),” “blustering wind (8:2),”deceitful (11:11).” We ourselves find it easy to criticize those friends even when, if we reflected, we might have done the same as they. Job rebuked them for their labeling of him. To reinforce the righteousness of such rebuke, God himself berated the frustrated advisors of Job. We spot some of their mistakes easily. They misjudged Job’s character, despite having known him for years. Job reminded them in the twenty-ninth chapter of Job how his words had commanded the respect of community leaders. Job had rescued the poor and championed the cause of strangers. He had clothed himself in righteousness and justice. Job’s friends no longer remembered those days. The Job they saw before them deserved rebuke, or so they thought. His loss of family, his financial devastation and physical suffering compelled them to conclude that Job must have sinned greatly to warrant such severe punishment from God.
    Job’s friends struggled because their worldview did not allow for a series of catastrophes devastating a righteous person. We too struggle today when we encounter new situations or meet people who challenge the categories we use to label people, events, and religious doctrines. Job’s friends, despite their faults, actually did a few things right. Before they castigated him, they wept with him, tore their robes, and sprinkled dust on their heads to show their grief over his situation. They sat silently with him for several days. They failed, however, to listen; they failed to consider that the origins of Job’s suffering might be more complex than they imagined. They spoke from ignorance.
    Some labels accurately define what they describe. Poison warnings on bottles save lives. Jesus sometimes labeled people, calling some religious leaders “hypocrites” and a devoted disciple who didn’t quite understand his master’s mission “Satan.”
    Labels can destroy lives. People sometimes harm themselves after being labeled wrongly by people who did not know them, or envied them, or just had wrong information. Labels can destroy ministry. Judaizing teachers labeled Paul. I observed on on-line discussion in which a preacher asked if a church fit a one-word (label) description. An intriguing aspect of the ensuing discussion was that subsequent contributors had different definitions for the label or even admitted their confusion as to what the questioner meant by the term. Ignorance makes labels dangerous. We may not know what another believes.
    Job’s friends started well. They grieved with him. They sat silently with him. Still they did not truly understand Job. If only they had listened. Will we?

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:26 am on 2013-03-20 Permalink | Reply
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    A Wonderful Old Testament Passage About Hope 

    Hope is definitely a vital thread that contributes to the wardrobe of God’s people all throughout history even though is may not always be seen, but then again there are times in the scriptures where hope by far makes up the largest material percentage on the clothing tag. One such place is Job 19:25-27 which says:

    For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!

    The only thing that Job had to hold on to was hope. It’s just as true to also say that the only thing holding on to Job was hope. Job’s situation was unique to him, but Job’s situation is also shared by all people who have hope in God. Our body will fade, our mind may grow feeble, our soul may falter. A Redeemer of body, mind and soul. That’s what Job needed, that’s what we need – that’s what we will all get in Jesus. That’s hope, and it’s wonderful.

    Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2)

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  • Richard Mansel 3:34 pm on 2012-10-10 Permalink | Reply
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    Different Way of Looking at Job 

    In the future, I plan on teaching Job in a different way. I’ve taught the book twice using a verse-by-verse study and enjoyed it both times. The book is a towering masterpiece full of deep thoughts to meditate upon. However, I just wonder if you can lose sight of some of the over-arching themes in the book with such a study.

    I have thought that another way to examine the book would be to look at the introductory passages and then look at each speech as a whole to extract the main points and lessons from each of them. Finally, we would look at the conclusion to tie it all up.

    I hope to embark on this study some day. I think it would be an edifying and fulfilling time

    Have you ever studied the book this way?

     

     

     
    • Jon Galloway 5:35 pm on 2012-10-10 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Richard

      Greetings from Scotland! I’ve taught Job twice and both times approached it by speeches. The over-arching themes come out well and at the end the class seemed to be able to relate well to what the book was about.

      Jon Galloway
      East Kilbride, Scotland

    • Ron Thomas 5:42 am on 2012-10-11 Permalink | Reply

      Yes I have and I think that is the best way to approach it. If there are particulars within the chapter that needs to be addressed or that another wants to talk about, then we take time to look at it.

    • J. Randal Matheny 2:23 pm on 2012-10-11 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, Mike Brooks does something similar to this, treating the book thematically in his tome. http://forthrightpress.com/store/products/studies-from-job/

  • Richard Mansel 2:06 pm on 2012-10-10 Permalink | Reply
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    I was listening to an audiobook by Rabbi… 

    I was listening to an audiobook by Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of “When Bad Things Happen to Good People,” about the book of Job and I learned some strange Bible “facts.”

    1. There are two books of Job. The first book is the Fable of Job which is found in Job chapters 1,2,42. It’s simply a parable to teach us about suffering. The second book of Job is the poetry section that constitutes the remainder of the book.

    2. When James referenced Job in James 5:11, he was referring to the fable. He claimed that James was dated near the end of the first century and wasn’t considered part of the canon then.

    3. Since Abraham and Sarah were so old when Isaac was born, Isaac was a special needs child. Therefore, he is the only person in Scripture who had to have his parents arrange his marriage for him because of his diminished mental abilities.

    If only everyone believed in the power of inspiration.

    Needless to say, I’m no longer listening to this book. I figured a Christian-themed Western was much more entertaining and less maddening.

     
    • Barbara A Oliver 2:39 pm on 2012-10-10 Permalink | Reply

      Since Abraham and Sarah were so old when Cain was born ? Did he actually say, Cain, not Isaac?

    • Richard Mansel 2:48 pm on 2012-10-10 Permalink | Reply

      Supposed to be Isaac. Whoops

  • TFRStaff 12:45 pm on 2012-09-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Be a man and answer God 

    Job experienced an extended time of suffering. He asked God why he was in such misery. His friends said he was guilty of sin. He protested and maintained the fact that he was innocent. Job desired an audience with God so he could speak to Him about struggles. Job stood defiantly before God and sought an audience to plead his case. He demanded a judicial hearing but got far more than he expected. “Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.” (Job 31:35) He said, “Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.” (Job 13:3) We may ask for something that we do not really want when we get it. Job was given an opportunity to face God but it was not at all what he expected. Speaking from a whirlwind God said to Job, “Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous? Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?” (Job 40:6-9) Job was overwhelmed and humbled. He admitted his own unworthiness and inability to answer.

    We might likewise be very humbled if God questioned us. What might God ask us in our hearing before Him?

    God might ask us, “Who are you who teach everything but the truth?” God asked Job, “Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?” (Job 38:2) God doth not charge Job, as his three friends had done, with hypocrisy and living a sinful life. He charged Job concerning his words. He spoke words without knowledge. His words proceeded from ignorance. God could easily say the same thing about all the false teaching of our day. Peter wrote, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” (2 Peter 2:1) There are many false teachers in this Christian age. They subvert both truth and holiness and bringing upon themselves swift destruction. The sad thing about false teachers is that, “Many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.” (2 Peter 2:2) God might ask us, “Who are you who teach everything but the truth?” (More …)

     
  • Stephen R. Bradd 9:56 pm on 2012-08-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Letter to the Editor — A Purpose to Our Suffering 

    [draft; your input is always welcome; will submit to the paper Monday]

    Paul Williams wrote in Dr. Weinberg’s most recent column: “If God sometimes seems indifferent and uncaring, it might be He has chosen not to know. Maybe, when he created all that is now, he also chose to remain unknowing until this grand play comes to its final act.”

    Williams was careful to use “might” and “maybe” as he speculated on the nature of God. Such is a wise course when one’s position is conjecture. Of course, if Williams is right then it is certain that the Bible is wrong since the Scriptures affirm that God “knows all things” (I John 3:20). If the Bible is true, then God does indeed know all things and is not ignorant of anything. If the Bible is false, however, then perhaps Williams is correct. I affirm, without hesitation, that the Bible is true. It would be my pleasure to sit down and study with anyone on this matter and provide a logical rationale for why I believe the Bible is true and why it should be the guide for our lives.

    The “problem of evil,” as it is often called, has been around since before the birth of Christ: If God is all-knowing, all-powerful, full of love and kindness, then why doesn’t He put an end to all the evil that exists in our world? Atheists would suggest that God must not exist since there is so much suffering. Williams doesn’t seem to doubt God’s existence but does suggest that maybe God is purposefully remaining in the dark about the misery of this realm. I think there is another solution to the alleged problem.

    The book of Job (located in the Old Testament) is a masterpiece all should study to better understand human suffering and our proper response to it. In that inspired work, it is implied that God knows all humans thoroughly since He told Satan there was none like Job on all the Earth (1:8). Job was blameless and upright. Yet, despite these facts, God permitted Satan to strike Job with a tsunami of suffering. In one day the man who was rich in possessions, influence, and offspring lost them all. But he did not curse God or doubt His existence. He mourned and worshiped God. Next, Satan was allowed to destroy Job’s health and make him suffer like few other humans ever have. Most of the book deals with dialogue between Job and his friends, who are convinced he must have committed some heinous sins to have fallen like this. Job gets a bit sassy at times, but stays true to God and generally speaks what is right (42:7). In the end Job is held up as a model of perseverance (Jam. 5:11).

    Why bring all this up, Stephen? Because it shows that God can have full knowledge of human suffering and even permit it to happen because there is a greater purpose to be served. Job grew through his suffering and turned out better for it in the end. As James 1:2,3 puts it – “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” Sometimes we suffer because of poor choices, and sometimes we suffer for no reason we can discern. But, merely because we cannot discern such doesn’t mean that no reason exists! Job didn’t understand at the time, but came to learn what we all must: namely, that God’s ways and thoughts are beyond ours (Isa. 55:8,9). Let us all trust God and believe in the final analysis that He will work all things out for good–for those who love Him (Rom. 8:28). For more info on this important theme, please visit: Evil.AudioEvangelism.com.
    -Stephen R. Bradd, Clinton Church of Christ

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:41 am on 2012-04-03 Permalink | Reply
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    “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star…” 

    Who gives orders to the sun, and it does not give its light; and who keeps the stars from shining. By whose hand the heavens were stretched out, and who is walking on the waves of the sea: Who made the Bear [the Big Dipper] and Orion, and the Pleiades, and the store-houses of the south: Who does great things not to be searched out; yes, wonders without number.” (Job 9:7-10, BBE)

    Tonight, if you have the pleasure of seeing the stars, find the “Big Dipper” and realize that you are viewing the same seven lights that Job set his eyes upon thousands of years ago. Realize that soon you will set your eyes upon the same God of the stars that Job saw when he closed his in death. Doesn’t that make you smile???

     
  • John Henson 1:35 pm on 2012-01-25 Permalink | Reply
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    If I knew then… 

    How many times have you ever said, “If I knew then, what I know now, I’d certainly do things differently?”

    Job is saying this in the last chapter of his book. Surely, Job regrets many of the things he said about God and is ready to repent and do those works “meet for repentance,” (Acts 26:20).

    Some of the things Job learned from his trial included:

    1. Job’s wisdom was not enough to show the patriarch what he needed to see. He needed God’s word for that, and so do we!
    2. Job understands that God never abandoned him. God has promised to always be with us (Hebrews 13:5). We should remember this whenever we’re tempted to think God doesn’t care.
    3. Job understands that God had heard him. The truly remarkable thing is that when Job was allowing his sorrow to find release through his mouth, God withheld his hand. God is giving us all the same chance.
    4. Job realized his need for repentance and confession. Job no longer made demands in this last chapter. He is ready to change and wants to be restored spiritually. Nowhere in the scripture is he demanding God restore his wealth. His most important restoration was the relationship he had with God.

    One of the significant things I learned in this study of Job was something Don Shackleford wrote in his “Truth for Today” commentary. He said Job’s office as intercessor brackets the book. God made mention of it in Job 1:5 and it is in this final chapter as Job was instructed to make sacrifices for his three friends.

    We have an intercessor, Christ the righteous, “who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works,” (Titus 2:14).

    Have we taken the time today to thank God for our Lord and Savior Jesus, who gave himself for us? If not, then why not take time right now?

     
  • John Henson 2:12 pm on 2011-07-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Job’s response 

    There are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, according to the model developed by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler.. These are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with loss.

    After the first four losses Job experienced, calamities that came from heaven and earth and all four points of the compass, his reaction was somewhat different.

    The Bible said, “Then Job got up and tore his robe. He shaved his head, and then he threw himself down with his face to the ground,” (Job 1:20-21a NET).

    The first thing he did was rise. He did not sit, which is what some do when they’re faced with loss.

    Job tore his robe and shaved his head in mourning. These were things people did when they were convicted of sin. People of Job’s day were convinced suffering resulted from sin. Often it does, but it is possible for one to live righteously and suffer.

    Instead of blaming God, Job worshipped. This showed Satan was wrong when he said, “Is it for nothing that Job fears God?” (Job 1:9 NET).

    The Bible teaches that which human reasoning does not: loss can be an opportunity to develop a deeper, closer relationship with God.

    It is also an opportunity for people to see Christ in us, for it is in pain people see what we truly are and that Christ really lives in us (2 Corinthians 12:9).

     
    • Stanley Adams 6:47 am on 2011-07-21 Permalink | Reply

      Good thought. As Tom Warren would often quote from a Catholic Philosopher, Suffering is meant to bring us closer to God or to drive us away, it is a test of the will of man, will he submit to God? Suffering is part of the Best Possible of All Worlds

  • John Henson 2:00 pm on 2011-07-06 Permalink | Reply
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    God Compliments 

    While preparing for the first lesson in our study of the book of Job, I was struck by the compliment God paid Job.

    God said,  “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” (Job 1:8 ESV). Note the four component compliments God gives here.

    He says, “there is none like him on the earth.” That’s quite a commendation. Of course the reason why there was none like him is because he was someone who avoided sin and stayed away from evil. Those are the things important to God. Job’s wealth didn’t induce this from God, neither was it Job’s position, but his faithfulness to and love of God.

    Job, God said, is a “blameless and upright man.” The Brown-Driver-Briggs lexicon defines “blameless” as “complete, morally innocent, having integrity.” I love the integumentary system of the body — the skin. It separates us from the environment and protects us from all the little bugs out there that would like to infect us. Job’s integrity separated him from all the evil in the world. He maintained his separation from it, just as our skin separates us from the world.

    God said Job fears him. Such is high praise for a man. Job was not sinless, but he loved God enough to keep himself from getting entangled in the lusts of this world. How many others can say they’ve never been overcome by the allure of the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes or the pride of life (1  John 2:15f)?

    Job, according to God, was a man who turned away from evil. What a wonderful idea, and how seldom is it practiced in this world? If more people would just use their feet to take them away from the temptations of this life, more would be able to prevent sin.

    Probably the highest praise God gave Job was the compliment of allowing him to suffer. This is a tough idea for some to comprehend, but when God tests our faith, he does so with suffering. In so doing is he not announcing his trust in our ability to pass the test? And, if we don’t, God is still there to pick us up and help us learn, isn’t he?

     

     
    • Mike Riley 2:14 pm on 2011-07-06 Permalink | Reply

      Good points as always, John! I’m reminded that Joseph used his feet to quickly escape from Potiphar’s wife: http://www.womeninthebible.net/1.6.Potiphars_Wife.htm

      With regard to God testing our faith by allowing us to suffer, I guess he must really love me! 🙂

    • Rick Kelley 2:18 pm on 2011-07-06 Permalink | Reply

      A tough perspective for sure, but one worth embracing. Good words.

    • John Henson 2:18 pm on 2011-07-06 Permalink | Reply

      I was always taught my father loved me because he gave me things I liked. God loves us more by giving us suffering, something we don’t like and don’t want, but because of the good it can do.

      • Mike Riley 3:59 pm on 2011-07-06 Permalink | Reply

        Suffering does one of two things. It can either turn us from God, or it can help us to rely on God instead of ourselves. It’s our choice!

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