In Job, chapter 12, Job is ready to answer all of Zophar’s questions and accusations against him. He knew where he stood with God and what his friends were saying wrongfully against him was not going to change anything. With that being said, I wonder why Zophar thought he knew so much about Job when really everything he said to him was wrong? He thought he was a man of God when he did not once try to uplift Job or show him comfort and peace. What we see in Job, chapter 11, is a person who thought he was religious with no true love towards people in need. Now, with that being said, did Job get upset with him? No, he did not. Instead, he calmly 1“answered and said, no doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you. But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these? I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.” (Job 12:1-4) What we learn is that Job put Zophar in his place in a righteous manner, while explaining that the proud will die in their own wisdom. Therefore, Job’s understanding of things is not less than Zophar’s. He told him that he felt like he was being mocked as his neighbour for calling upon God in his difficult circumstances. Although he is just in the sight of God, he is laughed at and scorned by his religious so-called friends. This is so sad that Job had to say something like this in order to stick up for himself. My friends, we are called to 2“love thy neighbour as thyself,” (Mark 12:31) as Jesus said. Belittling someone and causing them to feel worse is doing a work of the devil, not God.
After this did Job focus on God and the many things he does for mankind. He said, 1“in whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat? With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding. With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.” (Job 12:10-13) 1“With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his. He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools. He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle. He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty. He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged. He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty. He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.” (Job 12:16-22) There is so much wisdom to grasp here. Truly, what you just read has no words to explain, because it is so clear to understand already. My friends, with God, we do gain wisdom and understanding that is beyond comprehension. Those that are made high on their will are made low, while those that trust in Jesus are lifted up. God can see everything that is done in secret. Nothing is hidden that is done in darkness. God has given us breath that we may live in this, but we will be judged by every wicked and righteous thing we do. Therefore, come clean before God and allow the blood of Jesus to cover you. Then, will you be made whole and learn to love others as he loves us. You will be ready to comfort those in need and not bring wrongful accusations to the table.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that every true believer in You will also obtain Your wisdom and understanding. That we will be able to know the differences between the wisdom of this world and Your wisdom from on high. Many times what is right and what is wrong is blurred and hard to distinguish. However, our minds are opened and made clear when You are leading us by the hand, not the opposite. Lord, it is Your love and desires that I want in my life at all times. I have experienced what the world offers and it is always temporary with guilt associated with it. Temptations seem so good on the outside, especially when it brings out the lusts of the flesh, but all this is evil on the inside. Every time we give ourselves over to our lusts there is always regret, especially for people that believe in You. Lord, I know that this life is hard, especially when our flesh desires things that our spirit does not. This war inside of us needs to be tamed and that is when Your armor and the Holy Spirit come into place. Your will power helps us fight the good fight and win the battle against the forces of the devil. It also helps us love others as You love us. It helps us forgive one another as You forgive us. It helps us show compassion, just as You have shown compassion towards us. If there is peace that comes from us and into other people’s lives in need, You have done it all. We are Your servants and can only do good if we are abiding in Your awesome presence. Lord, please help me and my fellow brothers and sisters in the faith. Lead us by the hand and safely carry us on Your righteous path. May our light so shine before men, that they may glorify You, who is in heaven. I love You, Lord. Amen.
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