I’ve been reading Job, again. I can’t count how many times I’ve read this book of wonders. It tends to be dubbed “the book of suffering”. True enough, if one wants to read about someone who suffered for righteousness sake (other than Yeshua-Jesus); this book will do splendidly!
This time, however, I’m struck by a different theme altogether. It’s message is not so hidden, but not ‘right in your face’ either. It’s been brushed upon, but from a different point of view. The message of “the motive more than words”. I’m struck by how much truth could be found in the words of Jobs friends. In fact, aside from their outright attempts to fixate on what they think Job did to deserve such a lot, most everything they said about God was true. What made it as though they never should have spoke at all was that their motive for speaking truth voided any relevance to the hearer – Job. (And perhaps others who listened from a distance)
This happens when I think I know so much…and my aim is to bring the “work of God” into plain sight. I quote-fingered that because I don’t bring the work of God when I think I’m the one who knows better and tromp in with my Holier-than-thou halo hanging from my brow. Trust me, my husband, friends, and family could tell you all about it! It’s often so full of truth that it seems that’s all I’m full of! Hmphft! Not even close! What sends the message crashing to the abyss is the fact that, like Jobs friends;
A) I wasn’t sent by God, I took it upon myself to speak, go, correct, “save”.
B) I ran out ahead on my perception of their “lot” and spoke into it like…well…like it was Gods!
Believe me, Gods response to Job in chapters 38, 39, 40, and 41 have a familiar “ring” that my spine has intimately become attuned to in such cases! It seeks out every single nerve ending of my pride and gives them a good “talking to”. The dust doesn’t settle for quite some time when Adonai puts me in my “place”. (It’s ends up on His lap but with a firm and sturdy grip that means to subdue!)
The following is a bunch of pictures with various “shots” of the book of Job. Notice the trend in the words. I kept the names of the “friends” out, they ring like the Accuser – famous for cloaking discouragement with truth.
You see, it rarely gets mentioned but the enemy not only attacked Job physically, emotionally, mentally, and his family and all he owned. He attacked Job through his friends and neighbors – even his own wife! Often when in such situations we need discernment for knowing the real enemy is not the human body doing the talking/accusing/”correcting”. Just like God uses us, we can be used by the enemy. When we sin, doubt it not who is pulling your strings! We virtually take them out of God’s hands and hand them over to the enemy – not just His enemy, but ours too! This is why Yeshua says to “pray for, do good to” those who seem very much at the time like an enemy.
I enjoy doing these pictures, they help me assimilate, digest, and remember the Word. I pray they do you too.
Here’s where Adonai Elohim steps in. I love that even He sometimes drips sarcasm down with His correction. Though I’ll admit I never have heard anyone but Him do it justly, perfectly and total authority to do so being 100% His right. Usually when we drip with sarcasm, God is quick to “pluck on our pride strings”.
Are you familiar with this tone in Adonai’s dealings with you? If so, I rejoice with you! If not, I pray you will become a friend of this beloved part of God voice, intimately correcting, moving motives into His will. It’s one of the greatest blessings I have. It’s the Work of God, intimate, precious and loving beyond all words. It’s why I call Him Abba.
I believe that one of the greatest reasons why God grafted this book into His Word is not only because it prophecies the suffering of the Messiah, but it’s also one of the most detailed responses by God to man about everything under the Sun. There is nothing left out in His speaking about who and what and how He makes things. Got questions, read Job chapters 38-41, the answers are in there! Oh! Not to our complete satisfaction! But then, He left the conversation open, all we need do is ask. 🙂 He has always meant to continue teaching and leading and guiding us. Each period after each sentence in His Word can be turned into a comma.
♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡