"But my dispute is with God, not with you."
"I want to argue with him." (Job 13:3)
Jobs friends neither did justice to his feeling, nor to his motives. They Perverted his words and arguments, and instead of Consoling him, they only aggravated his trials, and caused him to sink in to deepersorrows.
He thought that, he would not have no more to do with them,
They should not be his Judges, nor would he be determined by them.
His dispute is with God, not with them. He want to argue his Case with the Lord. he Strongly believed that, this god is the judge of all the earth and would do right, he Sat on the throne and he would judge according to his righteousness and Integrity.
Let your friends and your relatived may put you down, they may mock at you, they may argued about your distressed situation, take your dispute to the Lord Almighty, he is the one who Seated on the throne and judges perfectly and He will take the side of righteous people.
So do good and right things. Seek Justice and Confront evil things. Job took his dispute to the Lord and he won the Life Battle with his father.
Heaven is a prepared place for prepared people ~ No matter how dirty your past is your future is still spotless ~ Attract what you want by being what you want.
Since his days are determined, The number of his months is with You, You have appointed his limits, so that he cannot pass. Job 14:5
Though He slay me yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him. He also shall be my salvation Job 13:15,16. For I know that My redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth.
Be afraid of the sword for yourselves, for wrath brings the punishment of the sword, That you may know there is a judgement. Job 19:25,29.
We serve a God who is our creator, He is the beginning and the end, and He knows the end from the beginning. The above scripture portion speaks about life span, faith, the Salvation plan of God, the first and second coming of Jesus our Savior ( Redeemer) and the judgment. Job was an old covenant saint who lived thousands of years even before Jesus our redeemer stepped on to this earth, yet he knew about faith, the Salvation plan of God through His Son Jesus and he also knew about the final judgment. God reveals His secrets to His chosen ones. God revealed about the end times to John the disciple, so he wrote the book of Revelation.
The first scripture portion tells us that God determines a person's life span. Sickness, doctors, medicine, surgery, astrologers and people around don't define and decide a persons life span only God does, because it is He who has created man. Man's life on this earth is temporary a person may live for 120 years like Moses, or for 175 years like Abraham or for 185 years like Isaac, but one day he has to leave this earth. The choices that we make while we are living on this earth defines our destiny. Jesus is the only way to heaven, that is why He said I am the way the truth and the life no one comes to the Father except through Me. We may have a Christian name, we may go to church regularly and religiously, our names might be written in church register, we may know pastors and bishops but none of these will give us a place in heaven, only a relationship with Jesus will take us to heaven. If you have not yet given your life to Jesus, I would like to encourage you to give your life to Jesus and make Him the Lord and Savior of your life. Please repeat this prayer.
Heavenly Father I believe that You sent Your Son Jesus into this world to save me from my sins, I ask forgiveness for all of my sins which I had committed through words, thoughts and actions. I welcome Jesus into my heart to be the Lord and Savior of my life from this moment forth You are my God and I am Your child. Thank You for giving me a place for eternity in heaven in Jesus name we ask and pray.
Amen and Amen.
For there is one mediator between God and man, the Man Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 2:5 But what does it say?. The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart ( that is the word of faith we preach) that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Roman's 10:8-10.
God loves you
Alfred Joseph, Hyderabad Telangana, India.
Life - A Fleeting Moment
.. Life at best is very brief,
Like the falling of a leaf,
Like the binding of a sheaf:
Be in time
That the die will soon be cast,
And the fatal line be passed:
Be in time
Bildad, a friend of Job, was right when he said, "... our days on earth are but a shadow " ( 8:9 ). Life is a temporary assignment. To make the best use of your life, you must not forget two truths:
( i) Compared with Eternity, life is extremely brief.
( ii) Earth is only a temporary residence.
✅ In Biblical terms, we are alien, pilgrim, sojourner, foreigner to describe our brief stay on earth. Job knew that, and he reminds his friends that even animals, birds, fish and vegetation knows that the Lord holds all life in his hands ( 12: 7-10). In the sacrificial system, God demanded only the best and animals and birds fulfilled an important and necessary role in the atonement for human sin?
Job further replied that:"... man springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure ". ( 14:1-2)
.. Fairest flowers soon decay,
Youth and beauty pass away;
Oh, you have not long to stay:
Be in time..
Acknowledging that God controls life and determines how long each person will live, Job put forward his argument and said, " At least there is hope for a tree:If it is cut down, it will sprout again, ... at the scent of WATER it will bud and put forth SHOOTS like PLANT " ( 14:7-9 )
Job's hope was similar to that tree, and he had a God--inspired inkling about redemption "..I will wait for my RENEWAL to come. You will call me and I WILL ANSWER YOU; " ( 14:14-15 )
Beloved, Job's imagery of a tree dying and rising again at the scent of WATER is striking. Though life is very brief yet Job was confident to put forward his striking note:".. In my flesh I will SEE God; I myself will SEE him, with my own eyes.. because I know that my REDEEMER LIVES "( 19:25-27)?
✅ God in his grace had offered the glimpses of salvation to the OT saints ( Jn 8:56; Gal 3:8). The CROSS was literally far off during Job's time but we are blessed to be living on the stepping-stone of Redemption. Our sights are set on the rock-solid certainty of a glorious future with Christ ✝
Time is gliding swiftly by,
Death and judgement draweth nigh,
To the arms of Jesus fly
Be in time
While the voice of Jesus calls you
Be in time
If in sin you longer wait
You may find no open gate
And your cry be just too late:
Be in time
GLORY TO GOD
Mark Boje, ArP
All Job's friend's exhortations concerning his need to repent and their affirmation of the righteousness of God, only resulted in Job calling them liars and worthless physicians, Job 13: 3!
He told them that if they were really wise then they would show it by being completely silent, vs 4! He told them that there was no need for them to justify God by speaking deceitfully for him and showing Him partiality, vs 9,10, for if they did so, he would eventually rebuke them, vs 11! Job is so sure of himself that he is ready to face God and defend His ways before His maker, vs 15,16,18. All he desires is that God's hand of wrath be removed from him and that God show him clearly what his sin actually is, vs 21,23. Sometimes, he wonders if he is being punished for the sins of his youth, vs 26. Since man's life flees like a shadow, He wonders why God is hunting him down so brutally, Job 14: 2,3. Once again Eliphaz is shocked at seeing the the way in which Job speaks about God, Job 15. He is now even more convinced that Job suffers in torment because he is a wicked man, vs 20, and that his wealth will not endure, vs 29, and so, he continues to voice many such other negativities against Job! Job is devasted at Eliphaz's comments and sees his friends as miserable comforters, Job 16:2.
He reckons that if he was in their place, he would have been a better comforter to them, vs 5. Then he goes back to mentioning how God has allowed him to suffer pain, devastated his entire household, torn him up, persecuted him, abandoned him to evil men, allowed people to speak against him and scorn him and unite against him, shattered his peace and crushed him... although he did no violence and his prayer was pure, vs 6-17!
Yet, he still believes that His witness, advocate and intercessor is in heaven and watches over him, even as he weeps before God being fearful that he has only a few years more to live, vs 19-22! He feels God has made him a byword to people who spit in his face, Job 17: 6. Bildad exhorts him to be slow to speak, Job 18: 2, and take time to understand, or else their words will sound foolish to him. He tells him that his anger will not change his circumstances, vs 3, but instead will only serve to harm him! He warns Job that if he continues in wickedness, he will abide in darkness, his steps will be restricted, be trapped in a net and that terror, calamity and the most terrible kind of death will be his lot, as well as, his descendants will perish and his memory wiped out from the earth altogether, vs 5-21! However, Job is not convinced!
He is perfectly sure that he has been wronged by God, Job 19:6! He says that his cries for justice bring no answer, vs 7. He feels that he has been forsaken by God and people too, be it his relatives, kinsmen, servants brothers, youth, closest friends and wife as well, vs 7-19. He pleads with his friends to have pity on him and to stop pursuing him as God does, vs 21,22. Nevertheless, he is confident that his Redeemer lives and even after his body is destroyed, he shall see Him in his flesh, vs 25! Once again, these chapters show us how wrong Job's friend's were in their assessment of Job's standing before God, because they were judging him on the basis of how he was reacting to his trial and not on the basis of who he actually was, before this fiery trial came his way! On the other hand, Job was absolutely honest and right about what he said concerning how he had lived an upright life before these trials came his way.
Therefore, he was perplexed when he considered how God was rewarding him for the same and how his friends misjudged him on that account. Little did he know that the one against him, all the while, was the devil himself and not God at all! From that point of view, he was wrong about what he said about God! How about us?
If we know that we are living godly in Christ Jesus, by His grace, then are we confident to believe that God looks upon us with favour and is for us and not against us, and that any persecution or fiery trial that we face is nothing but a test orchestrated by Satan, (designed to destroyed us), but permitted by God with an aim to enhance and promote us, while also using it to cleanse us in the process?
Let us meditate on these nuggets of truth and internalise them in our peculiar situations so that we respond rightly and come to the high position that God intended for us in Christ Jesus.