Job 7:1 Where Is That Confidence Today?

Job 7:1 (KJV)
Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?

The train of thought presented in this verse continues to verse seven. Job understood he had an appointed time on earth. 

He would not die until God appointed it
There was no reason to fear for his life. Even in the depths of the trial he faced, his life on earth was secure until God was ready for him to go. And, because he was confident in his relationship with God, that would be a win. 

He would die when it was his appointed time
There is no way to cheat death. Therefore, a person needs to prepare for it. People today are terrified because they are not prepared or else, they do not appreciate their future. Paul wrote, 

2 Corinthians 5:8 (KJV) 
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 

Where, I ask, is that confidence, that willingness today?

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2 Corinthians 4:1 This Ministry

2 Corinthians 4:1 (KJV)
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

The ministry Apostle Paul spoke of was the ministry of grace. It was despised in his day. It was misunderstood and maligned. But it was the ministry God has given him and he dove into it with all his being. 

Now we have had a new sort of “ministry” thrust upon us. It is a ministry through the pandemic. It seems like there is no place on the planet that has not been impacted. It has reduced our church services to a small team to broadcast over the internet and radio. It has removed us from the faces of those we care for. It has left us with little to do but remain isolated and pray. 

May we not faint. May we take in hand the tools available to us and wield them in the might of the Holy Ghost. 

  • We can call
  • We can txt
  • We can encourage through electronic means
  • WE CAN PRAY

Lord, teach us to pray. 

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Job 6:5 How To Do This?

Job 6:5 (KJV)
Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?

I just finished reading the confession of a pastor who said he had labored in prayer over today’s message.[1] The circumstances of preaching to an empty room but a virtual audience had forced him to seek God’s face in an unusual way and revealed to him how little prayer goes into the average message. 

Truth is, we have learned how to do church. But we do not know how to do this. 

  • We do not know how to reach a soul we cannot see or even know that they have viewed us. 
  • We do not know how to minister to our congregation whose pain we cannot see on their face. 
  • We do not know how to read the spirit of a virtual audience. 
  • We do not know how to collect the offerings, so much needed but now so much more sacrificially given. 

Oh Lord, if revival comes, let it begin in the pulpits as we, who maybe for the first time in years, need grass and fodder. 


[1] This was our first one in quarantine from the Chinese coronavirus.

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Job 4:14 The Case of Job

Job 4:14 (KJV)
Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.

It is important, I think, to note that these are not the words of Job but of one of his “friends.” Job never expressed the same fear as this man did. This man believed himself to be spiritual but instead he was full of fear. Not so with Job. 

As I consider the case of Job what I see is this. 

  • He began the tests full of faith. 
  • He was shaken by conflicting opinions. 
  • He became somewhat uncertain

Then He heard from God. 

  • He prayed for his friends and, in the end,
  • He was blessed once again. 

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2 Corinthians 3:11 We Will Be Better

2 Corinthians 3:11 (KJV)
For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

It is very clear that the thing done away is the Old Testament law and the thing that remains is New Testament grace. Today I was reminded of the refiner’s fire how, in the furnace, the dross rises to the surface and is then removed.

It happened in the United States. The Civil War was a terrible fire. But what remained when it was over was a much greater world influence than could have been prior. 

The current situation may not be the worst our world, our country or even our citizens have or will ever see, but it is certainly more dramatic than anything I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t have imagined a time when the government would force the closure of churches and the majority of Christians would agree. I do not see how we can come out of this the same as we entered it. 

Here’s the good news. God is alive. This virus (and the media that has whipped it into a panic) has not caught God off guard. We will be different when this thing is over. 

We will be better. 

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Job 2:1 More Like Christ

Job 2:1 (KJV)
Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.

Again there was a day. 
As much as Satan had attacked Job, God had allowed the attack, and Job had suffered, Job’s trouble wasn’t over. 

There came another day. 

  • Another day when Satan accused Job
  • Another day when God pointed Satan to Job and so
  • Another day when Job endured the attack of the devil. 

The testimony of God’s Word concerning Job is sure, “…that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”

None of this was a judgment from God. It was meant from Satan as an attack but from God as a perfecting. There was none like Job but he could be more like the Lord. 

It’s difficult to pray but it is my prayer, “Lord make me worthy to be made more like Christ.”

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Job 1:9 Only and Always Worthy

Job 1:9 (KJV)
Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

The challenge is from Satan, but it has more bearing than we probably want to give it. American Christianity, evangelism and soul-winning is built almost entirely on the premise that, if we will but turn to the Lord, His blessings will fall down upon us. And by blessings we mean those things we define and good for us. Satan’s question was simple, “Doesn’t Job only fear You because you have blessed him with comforts?” In almost four decades of pastoring, I’ve dealt with this question more times than I can count; 

  • “Pastor, if God is so good and so powerful, why didn’t He protect my son?”
  • “Pastor, I’ve been faithful to church and to tithe. Why did God let me lose my job?”
  • “Pastor we love the Lord. Why is life always so hard for me?”
  • “Pastor I pray all the time. Why doesn’t God give me what I ask?”

In effect what they are implying is, “Pastor, I have feared God for naught-for nothing.” In their minds, their Christian living has been useless. They feared God but He failed them. 

I think we have it wrong. We ought not to fear God to get from God. We ought to fear God, to love God, to worship Him and to trust Him because He is worthy. 

Only and always because He is worthy. 

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Esther 9:1 In Difficult Times

Esther 9:1 (KJV)
Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king’s commandment and his decree drew near to be put in execution, in the day that the enemies of the Jews hoped to have power over them, (though it was turned to the contrary, that the Jews had rule over them that hated them;)

The time was different then and the applications we make need to be explained. The only real enemy of the Christian is the devil (and his angels). A genuine Christian, with any understanding of the Bible, would never seek the destruction of another human being, even those who hate us. We are taught to love them, bless them, pray for them and do good to them.[1]

At the same time, there is a hopeful promise in this passage. The enemies of the Jews hoped to have power over the Jews, God’s people. The plan was not merely to rule them but to destroy them, exterminate them. 

But it turned to the contrary. What the enemy had hoped to do to the Jews, God overturned so that the Jews would do the same to the enemy. 

In difficult times when it seems like the world will rule over, dominate and overpower the believer, don’t lose hope. Bow before God in prayer and fasting. 

God may very well turn your circumstances to the contrary. 


[1] Matthew 5:44 (KJV)
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

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2 Corinthians 1:10 God Will Protect

2 Corinthians 1:10 (KJV)
Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

I realize that any personal application of a passage such as this sets us on less than steady ground. God’s Word, rightly divided is absolute, sure and perfect. God’s Word, when used as an application, can provide profitable but not perfect principles. Paul said God had delivered him, does deliver and will deliver him. Even in his case, there came a day when deliverance was not in the form of escape from physical death. 

I can testify that, in over 37 years of ministry, God has delivered me and my family many times. I am confident He is delivering us from the threats we experience today and, ultimately, He will deliver us when we see Him in glory. 

Now we are under the threat of the Covid-19 virus. God has protected us from so many illnesses in the past. I remember Pastor Don Smith remarking how, when the flu was going around Platteville CO, he and I had stayed well even while out visiting people. In 37 years of preaching, I have only missed preaching because I was sick one time, and that was just recently. I have gotten sick over the years, but God got me through it.  I am certain that God will continue to provide for and protect the people of His churches. We must but look to Him. 

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Esther 8:9 God Superintended

Esther 8:9 (KJV)
Then were the king’s scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language.

Do not miss the scope of the Babylonian empire. It covers “from India unto Ethiopia.” There were one hundred twenty-seven provinces in all. It’s all of the Middle East, and everywhere a Jew could have possibly lived at the time. What a powerful kingdom. 

What a threat to the Jews. Should Haman have been successful he would not only have exterminated a region of Jews but the world of Jews. He would have destroyed the plan of God. He would have wiped out the seed from which God had determined, before the foundation of the world, to provide the Saviour. 

Some Bible scholars like to point out that Hamann’s hatred goes back to Saul’s destruction of the Ammonites. They say that if Saul had obeyed God and killed them all, Haman, a descendant of the Ammonites, would not have existed to persecute the Jews. I say it goes back much farther. It goes back to Satan. Haman’s hatred was the devil’s hatred. Haman’s hatred was not merely a hatred for the people of Israel but a Satanic hatred for the promise of God. 

As widespread, as worldwide as the threat was, God superintended. He always will. 

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