Chapter 21 – Job speaks
“Listen to what I say. Let this be your way of comforting me. Be patient while I speak. Then after I have finished speaking, you may make fun of me (vv. 2-3, ERV).”
All Job wants is – comfort. He is hurting on an intense level, and his friends aren’t showing much comfort or compassion toward him. He desperately needs to hear from God.
Even when we have been given good comforting friends, we still need comfort and to hear from God more than anyone else.
Jesus, as our Comforter, reminds us that we can draw near and allow our relationship with Him to be the most important thing in our lives.
Jesus Christ is the Comforter we stand in need of. No matter what kind of friends we have, our need for Jesus never changes!
We need Him to overwhelm our souls with His goodness, hope, and eternal salvation.
We have Jesus Christ as our great Savior. He came to give us a new beginning, where we dwell in the presence of our God. God loves us, and pursues us – daily!
Chapter 22 – Eliphaz Responds
Haven’t you done many evil things? Don’t you sin again and again? . . . That’s why traps have been set all around you. That’s why sudden danger terrifies you (vv. 5, 10, NIRV).
This is why Job’s friends have a bad reputation. They are convinced that sin has caused all of Job’s trouble. These men didn’t know about Job 1-2. This is where we learn that our relationship with God, causes the Devil to become angry and seek to devour us.
The closer Job got to God, the more the Devil wanted to try and destroy him. As we see from the last few chapters, Job gets even more prosperous as he sought God.
Let’s stay steadfast in our relationship with God through Jesus Christ. God is far greater than the Devil or anyone else, just like verse 12 teaches us.
You agree, don’t you, that God is in charge? He runs the universe—just look at the stars! (MSG)
Lastly, we have verses 21-30. This is a Scripture worthy of our attention, which teaches us three key points –
- Obey God and be at peace with Him.
- Let’s put away our sin and return to the Lord!
- Make Jesus Christ your delight.
Chapter 23 – Job Speaks
But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold. For I have stayed on God’s paths; I have followed his ways and not turned aside. I have not departed from his commands, but have treasured his words more than daily food (vv. 10-12, NLT).
Amen! When the time of testing is over, we will come out as gold. Our time of testing shows where our faith has stood in our darkest hour.
How will we come out of our testing time, and will we cling to the hope found in Jesus Christ no matter what?
I want to live my life in such a way, so that after the testing I can feel unashamed about how I responded.
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