Job 5:17-18 “Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:
For He maketh sore, and bindeth up: He woundeth, and His hands make whole.”
Some of the times when I have know the most reality in my Christian experience, have been when I was corrected by the Lord.
It is amazing how He can get our attention about things….and how He speaks to us, to correct what is wrong….there is so much love there.
That He should bend down and bother with me at all…..is an amazing thing!
Happy indeed that He should end my rebellion against His Will!
To turn my:
…..”I do not want to”…
……”I want all You have for me. But there is within me that which will not let me respond. What You offer, is all I have ever hoped for…
…..I am unbending,….unless You bend me, Lord Jesus.
All my reasons against….all my plans of what should be….all my fears…all my thoughts that I can win an argument with God!…..all, are here within me….yet…
…yet, Your Word, and love can melt all of this, Lord….for what can stand before it?”
Job 5:18 “For He maketh sore, and bindeth up: He woundeth, and His hands make whole.”
The name for God, most found in Job, is Almighty!
I find that interesting….because of all the calamities which came to him….yet he did not stop calling God, Almighty….just because bad things happened.
(Thirty-one times…..more than in any other book….the Almighty is used here!)
Almighty means sufficient for anything…..all powerful….able to complete.
And certainly, our God is that!
There is a lot of back and forth in Job….everyone’s opinion and knowledge….and Job’s complaint….yet in the end….the Lord spoke…
….and Job humbled himself in awe, and love of the Almighty.
God certainly did correct Job….to make him more than he was….”wounded, and made whole”….(Job 42:6 “Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”)
Job 42:10, 12 “And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning:…”
But the Almighty works in our life, as well…….to complete the work of sanctification within us.
2 Corinthians 6:17-18 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
He corrects us to make us wholly His…..in practical living:
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it.”
“Blameless” has to do with the fact of knowledge. To know to do well,….and not do it….makes you blameworthy.
To know to do well….and do it, even unperfectly, makes you blameless.
God is saying, “I will help you to know what to do…..and help you to do it……as you set yourself aside to Me.”
For this is what Job did…..he argued with God about “things”….but in the end….Job was God’s servant….and would always be so.
At the beginning of Job,…even after tragedy and loss, pain and suffering….Job blessed the Lord….
….”the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:23)
….(Job 2:10) “…shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.”
Through the trial….the argument about things that were happening to him,….was never about God’s right to do,…
….but about Job’s desire to know what God knows….
…And at the end, Job bowed again….in newer understanding and subjection, and humbled himself to God….and God’s Will….in faith…
…whether he understood it or not.
As Christians, we are called to go through many trials of our faith….to bring us through them, to the other side…
James 1:2-3 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers (different kinds) temptations (trials);
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”
Someone has said, that we are not really learning anything from the trial….if we can not find joy from God, in it.
(Joy comes from the Holy Spirit within….it is the Presence of God in my life….and has nothing to do with circumstances, or people, or anything but God and me. Joy lifts us up out of ourselves, that we might view God, more.)
James 4:10 “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.”
The Almighty did for Job….and He will for us as well,….if we will yield to, and listen to Him.