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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Job 41:34 King Over All the Children of Pride

Job 41:34 (KJV) He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride. Is this not a powerful phrase, “king over all the children of pride”? Its first interpretation has to do with the power of leviathan, who is of such proportions that he possesses no enemy and fears none. He cannot be, as some have supposed, the crocodile. Even if they were to have been much larger at one time in history they could not match the whole of God’s description of this animal. This creature must be prehistoric and nonexistent in our current experience. The point that God makes is this, the one that made such a creature must be so much greater than the creature that all who are humbled at him are the more humbled at his Maker. “King over all the children of pride” Not just some of the proud but all of them. Those who are proud by reason of strength, wealth, fame, authority, or beauty bow in humility before Him. Those whose pride results in: rebellion, riotousness, wrathfulness and wantonness bow too in His presence. Philippians 2:10 -11 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.   To my readers: First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments. For this and more than 4200 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006. If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others. For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com. My books are available at: My author spotlight at Lulu.com: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marvinmckenzie My author Page for Kindle/Amazon http://www.amazon.com/author/marvinmckenzie

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Job 40:15 Behold Now Behemoth

Job 40:15 (KJV)
Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.

Behold now behemoth.

Some believe him to be the elephant or perhaps the hippopotamus. I doubt that because the next animal God brings up is leviathan who is unlike any of this time. Behemoth and leviathan must both surely be those dinosaurs of which we have no personal knowledge.

God declared to Job that He made them with him, behemoth was not before him nor was Job evolved from him. Creation is the subject and we learn that it happened in a short amount of time and each animal individually.

 

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Job 38:8 A Breath of Fresh Air

Job 38:8 (KJV)
Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?

When the Lord speaks the book of Job changes. Previous we have the discourses of Job’s friends and we struggle because they seem so correct but we know them to be so wrong, at least in the spirit of their words. Then we have the answers of Job that so frequently seem off but we know that he did not sin with his words.

But now we hear from the Lord. We take assurance in every word.

  • He laid the foundations of the earth
  • He shut up the sea and decreed its place
  • He causes it to rain where no man is
  • He hunts for the lion and provides for the raven

The smallness of man and the greatness of God are clearly seen.

The fresh breath I take this morning is that of the knowledge I do not have to second-guess any of this. It is as true as God is.

 

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Job 30:31 Music Into Mourning

Job 30:31 (KJV)
My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.

I am reminded of,
Psalms 137:1-4
By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land?

The Jews in Babylon believed it to be inappropriate to sing their songs of victory, rejoicing and worship while being captive in that strange land.

Music is intended to:

  • Record an event or experience,
  • Worship our God and to
  • Stir our soul

Some music creates in us a spirit of rejoicing and celebration. Job said his music had turned into mourning.

While music can reflect such a spirit, I doubt it is ever an appropriate use of it. Israel hung their harps on the willow in Babylon and forgot the God of their heritage. How much better it would have been to sing those songs and thereby keep alive their faith? How much better, in times of distress, it would be to sing songs that lift the spirits rather than to use music to sustain or reflect our sorrowful state?

Music may turn to mourning. Or else we may use it to help turn our mourning into rejoicing.

 

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Job 28:12 The Most Precious of All Commodities

Job 28:12 (KJV)
But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?

A number of years ago my family took our vacation to a wonderful area in Washington State known as the Methow Valley. The area is now rich in apple orchards and cattle ranches but those searching for gold originally settled it. We took some time to learn a little bit about prospecting (not much, but a little).

Prospecting, searching for the hidden treasure of precious metals, is a difficult task and has a bit of science to it. Prospectors look for certain evidences of gold and then begin panning streams and creeks near the evidence. If they find gold in their panning, they move upstream. They know that gold down stream likely means a vein of gold upstream. They are happy to collect the flakes and the nuggets in the water but they are looking for the place to start digging in the mountain for the real treasure. As difficult as it is, it is possible to find that vein and claim it for oneself.

Job uses that example, and that of other precious substances, to then draw us to how precious wisdom is. While it is possible for men to discover precious substances, no such possibility exists with wisdom and understanding. There is no “tell” to give evidence of its presence nearby. It is not obtained through science, discovery or hard work. Wisdom, Job reveals is only found in the fear of the Lord and in departing from evil (Job 28:28)

The most precious of all commodities a man may obtain (Job 28:18) comes from God. A man must go to Him His way in order to receive it.

 

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