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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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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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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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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Esther 4:4 A Wakeup Call

Esther 4:4 (KJV)
So Esther’s maids and her chamberlains came and told it her. Then was the queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but he received it not.

Esther was where God placed her, but her circumstances had left her out of touch. Modern culture can build a list of abuses made against her, but at this moment, she lived much more comfortably than her blood family did. When word reached her ears that Mordecai mourned in sackcloth and ashes the Bible says she did two immediate things:

  • She grieved exceedingly and
  • She sent better raiment to cover Mordecai

I can’t help but believe she knew the teachings of the Jews and that Mordecai wasn’t in sackcloth and ashes because he had nothing else to wear. She must have known this, so the raiment was meant to tell Mordecai to “perk up”. It was a shallow answer to a situation more terrible than she could, at that moment comprehend. 

I wonder if American Christians live in such a bubble? I am not saying we aren’t where God wants us, but I wonder if our situation has left us blind of the spiritual danger the people of God are in? I wonder if, whenever we get some hint of the trouble, we don’t cover it up with a “chin up” sort of response, being grieved that a Christian would imply there is some trouble in the world? 

Esther needed a wakeup call. She was right to be grieved exceedingly, but her grief wasn’t focused in the right direction yet and neither was her personal response adequate for the circumstances. She needed to take a personal risk and she needed to call others to fast and pray with her. 

Christians in America are still poised to make a world impact. But it will not be accomplished as we now are. We can’t just cover this up and bid “Mordecai” to stop crying. We must humble ourselves and pray. We must see ourselves as deeply in trouble. We must pour our very lives into seeking the favor and blessing of God. 

Only then will God use us to turn the tide of spiritual destruction that is leveled against us. 

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Esther 3:2 Beginning to End

Esther 3:2 (KJV)
And all the king’s servants, that were in the king’s gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.

It seems to me that, in many ways, Mordecai is the complement to Daniel and his three friends. They were: 

  • Taken from Jerusalem 
  • Trained in the Babylonian culture
  • Served the king but
  • Refused to bow at the idol

Mordecai was:

  • Raised in Babylon
  • Lived outside of the palace
  • Loyal to the king
  • Refused to bow before Haman but was
  • Returned in the end to Jerusalem 

From the beginning of the Babylonian captivity to the very end there were Jews who were loyal citizens and, at the same time, faithful believers. 

May God grant us Christians with that same balance. 

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Esther 2:20 Concerning Authority

Esther 2:20 (KJV)
Esther had not yet shewed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him.

Here is an interesting piece of information concerning authority. Esther certainly was under no moral or biblical command to do as Mordecai charged:

  • She was an adult
  • She was, at this point married
  • She was not Mordecai’s child

Still, she submitted to his command even as she would have as a child. 

The lesson, as I see it, is that submission at this stage in her life was voluntary, not mandatory. Wise parenting may still influence a young adult, but it is not wise to attempt to force or impose the will upon them. 

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