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Bible Pathways - June 25, 2006

  • 2006 Jun 25
  • COMMENTS

Job 41

In Today's Reading:

God's great power reviewed; Job's submission to God; his prayer for his friends; God blesses Job

Through a series of over 80 questions, God revealed to Job many of the wonders of the universe, some of which have only recently been "discovered" by science. Because of his faith in God and his patience through suffering, Job acknowledged the supreme authority of God compared to how little is known by mankind. It is no surprise to read that Job confessed to God: I know that Thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from Thee. . . . I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not (Job 42:2-3). By this he meant: "Although I did not understand, I will never again question what God does or what He allows to happen, since His love and wisdom are perfect." All of us need to be reminded that our limited knowledge and ability to cope with life's problems should cause us to realize how foolish, as well as sinful, it is to question the wisdom and love of God for His children. We need to accept, with submissive hearts, the circumstances He allows in our lives, which He will use to fulfill His loving, eternal purpose.

During his suffering, Job experienced glorious revelations of the incomparable greatness of God and His ways. Job's spiritual understanding continued to grow as he said: I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee. Wherefore I abhor (despise) myself, and repent in dust and ashes (42:5-6). Those who trust in the Lord, as Job did, are not searching for the answers to all of life's problems, nor asking the questions: "Why?" or "Why me?" They are simply trusting our loving, all-wise Father, who always knows what we need and will give the best to those who trust Him.

Job's friends must have been astounded to hear the Voice from heaven say to Eliphaz: My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of Me the thing that is right, as My servant Job hath (42:7). Job could have become proud after God came to his defense. Instead, he humbly prayed for God to forgive his three friends who had so cruelly misjudged him. Jesus also set an example when He said: Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you (Luke 6:28).

Christ Revealed:

Through Job's praying for his "friends" (Job 42:10). We are reminded of Christ's command to pray for those who curse or falsely accuse us (Luke 6:28).

Word Studies:

41:13 discover the face of his garment =b> strip off his outer garment; 41:17 sundered =b> separated; 41:23 flakes =b> folds; 42:6 abhor =b> loathe; 42:10 turned the captivity =b> restored the fortunes.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for Government Official: Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick (MI) · Country: Belgium (10 million) in northwestern Europe · Major languages: Flemish and French · Religious freedom · 87% Roman Catholic; 3% Muslim; .8% Protestant; .5% Orthodox · Prayer Suggestion: Realize that prayer is one of the ways God uses to strengthen you in the power of His might (Ephesians 6:18).

Optional Reading: Philippians 2

Memory Verse for the Week: Psalms 2:8

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