Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Then Job answered,

"In truth I know that this is so; But how can a man be in the right before God?
"If one wished to dispute with Him, He could not answer Him once in a thousand {times.}
"Wise in heart and mighty in strength, Who has defied Him without harm?
"{It is God} who removes the mountains, they know not {how,} When He overturns them in His anger;
Who shakes the earth out of its place, And its pillars tremble;
Who commands the sun not to shine, And sets a seal upon the stars;
Who alone stretches out the heavens And tramples down the waves of the sea;
Who makes the Bear, Orion and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south;
Who does great things, unfathomable, And wondrous works without number.

Once again Job is answering one of his "friends" after accusing him of cursing God. In chapter 8 Bildad went off on Job about him needing to repent. Bildad's last words were, "The dwelling place of the wicked will come to nothing." implying that Job's dwelling place was brought to nothing because Job was wicked.
Sometimes i will look at someone who is prosperous and automatically assume that they accumulated it all by greed and secretly want to see God punish them. I need to watch that jealousy in my own heart.
I love Job's answer. He exalts God. He didn't go off on Bildad. He simply just started talking about how no one is righteous before God. Of course he was responding to Bildad's self righteous attacks so there was probably a reason why he sais "How can a man be right before God?". This makes me think that in every situation or conflict, it would be wise to bring God into the picture. Just start talking about how good He is. Start exalting Him and lifting up His name. Why because that is what the other person needs. He or she, especially if you consider them to be self righteous, needs to get a right perspective of a holy God. This is also good for my soul to dwell on this passage to keep from thinking that I can control things.

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