July 7, 2014

Today you should read: Job 26:5-14

Rough Road AheadHow do you handle the tough trials that come into your life? How do you respond in the face of absolutely intense adversity? We could learn a thing or two from Job.

After his friends hammered him time and again on his sin and God’s judgment, Job asserts his pure heart. But Job doesn’t just defend himself; He acknowledges that God’s ways are beyond any of their comprehension. He tells his friends that, while he has no true idea as to why these things are happening, the Maker of Heaven and Earth is not fooled. This ESV commentary is helpful in understanding Job 26:

Job alludes to some obvious areas of knowledge that are open before God but concealed from human perspective, in order to warn his friends against their continued presumption that they know God’s purposes in Job’s disastrous circumstances. Job uses the repeated vocabulary of this section to emphasize things that are clearly known to God but are hidden from human cognizance. The state or realm of the dead is not visible to humanity (under the waters, Sheol, and Abaddon), but it is naked and has no covering before God (vv. 5–6). Likewise, the description of the creation or existence of the natural world implies that other things may be hidden: the heavens appear perched over the void, and the earth appears to hang on nothing (v. 7); a cloud often binds up, covers, and spreads over another element of the heavens and itself is not split open (vv. 8–9); and it is God who has set the limits for all of these divine artifacts (v. 10).

Job is facing a tough moment with his friends. He was no doubt let down by them. But Matthew Henry said a good word about this: “Christ knows how to speak what is proper for the weary (Isaiah 50:4); and his ministers should not grieve those whom God would not have made sad. We are often disappointed in our expectations from our friends who should comfort us; but the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, never mistakes, nor fails of his end.”

What did you learn from Job’s example today? What is the Lord teaching you through this book? We’d love to hear your comments below.

Posted by: Todd Thomas

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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