When it comes to Job’s life, did his friends or other people know him the way God did? Of course not. They did not know that the Lord said the following about Job to Satan… 1“And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.” (Job 2:3) Or how about the times that Job said, 2“also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high. My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.” (Job 16:19,20) And lastly, when Job said, 3“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.” (Job 19:25,26) Does this sound like a self-righteous person to you? Of course not. We see a man who God said was perfect and upright in His sight and who feared Him and hated evil. Even while being persecuted by his so-called friends, he cried out to God in prayer. What amazes me is that people could not see how much Job loved the Lord after he declared that he knew that his redeemer lives. Job predicted even Jesus’s coming in the last days, where He shall see God also. This will happen the graves are opened and will enter the clouds with Jesus. Even us as Christians will be raised up to be with Him also.
Now, as I just mentioned, Job was not liked by many people after calamity fell upon him and his wife. They lost almost everything and even Job was plagued with boils all over his body. I can just imagine the pain he was in, in these moments. However, it was while in pain that he said the following about praying to God and knowing that his Redeemer lives. As you can see, his trust in God did not waver, though people saw him as self-righteous. It was in this time that Elihu said the following to Job… 4“Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God’s? For thou saidst, What advantage will it be unto thee? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin?” (Job 35:2,3) 4“If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him? If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? or what receiveth he of thine hand?” (Job 35:6,7) 4“Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust thou in him. But now, because it is not so, he hath visited in his anger; yet he knoweth it not in great extremity: Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without knowledge.” (Job 35:14-16) What Elihu was doing was putting words in Job’s mouth, which he never said. He was full of accusations of Job being in sin and not knowing God. And what is sad is that this happens a lot in our day also. People think they know you and therefore accuse you of things wrongfully.
Oh Lord, I pray that people will stop judging one another and defaming their good name. So many people attack different people in the faith when they know nothing about their deep and intimate relationship with You, God. This is very disheartening and I pray that if people have concerns about someone that they will come to the person themselves and not spread lies. And if people come to the person who they think is in sin or has said false things, then have them come to them with love and respect, not with any anger. Surely, a spirit of animosity is never going to help anyone come to know You, God, even if they are wrong. Lord, help people know that we cannot be the ones convicting people of sin, but only Your Holy Spirit. Therefore, we must be led by You and not ourselves. Otherwise, we may be jumping the gun and saying and doing something that we will soon regret. Lord, I have many people who think I am a false prophet and a false teacher, which is hurtful. They say that what I teach is wrong according to their own beliefs. Therefore, people have spread lies about me to other people and then come at me with anger and disdain. Lord, help these people know my true heart for You. May they know that I love You with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength. Everything I do in life is for You. You are my Redeemer and the Lord God of my life. I wish people would want to talk to me about my faith instead of attacking me. Now I know how Job was feeling when He was being persecuted by his friends and other people. Lord, may Your will be done in my life. I need Your understanding from the Bible and prayer. Teach me Your ways and don’t let my views change because of people’s own views on things. I love You, God. I give You praise and glory. Amen.
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