Job said, “When God sends us something good, we welcome it. How can we complain when he sends us trouble?” Even in all this suffering Job said nothing against God.
As another Lame Cherry exclusive in matter anti matter.
My Bible reading from the Holy Ghost on January 1st, 2021 AD in the year of our Lord, was from the Book of Job. As a refresher to Job, Job was a righteous and good man, a man of God. He was honest and God prospered him. Job also was a man who not only confessed his sins, but would offer to God for others, just in case they had sinned unknown, so Job interceded for them too.
There was a day in Heaven though when the Angels came before the Throne of the Lord, and satan appeared too. Yes satan still has access and accuses Christian before God.
On this day, God mentions Job to satan, in how innocent and perfect he is, his good nature and his caring for others. To that satan challenges God in stating, "Why shouldn't Job love you, because you made him rich and respected."
At that God tells satan that satan can destroy all Job has. satan goes out and slaughters all of Job's children, his possessions are carried away and he is left destitute.......but Job says the infamous prayer, "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, bless we the Name of the Lord".
Again the Angels appeared, and we do not know how long this is, but satan is there too, and this time God scolds satan in the harm which came to Job, and notes that Job has not sinned, and took the adversity with Faith.
satan spews back the infamosu line, 'Skin for skin" in a human will not remain Faithful to God, if their lives are on the line.
God orders satan permission to afflict the innocent Job, but bans satan from killing Job.
With that satan leaves, and puts boils on him from head to toe. Job sits in ashes literally scraping himself with shards of pottery. He is in such a horrid state that his wife tells him to "curse God and die", but Job will not. He is in such a horrid state that when his friends appear to comfort him, they can not recognize this stinking mess covered in soot.
It is then that the friends in human terms go through a list of, "Well Job this must be your fault as you sinned in something", in what people do in blaming the person, because they can not see the entire picture.
The entire picture is multi dimensional in what Job teaches, because in anguish he says he does not deserve this and he laments being born. It all comes down to the fact that things happen in this world which we can not understand. Job's friends offer single dimension answers in sometimes it is the devil harming us as satan is a murderer. Sometimes we sin and are punished. Sometimes things just happen like Jesus said the tower fell on people who were not evil. In the end though, the teaching of Job is God is Faithful to those who are Faithful to Him. Take everything away from any person, like we have experienced in this election theft and fakery of the lockdown vax, and you see the purity, as Christmas was in 2020, in the economy and joy of the season was gone, but Christ remained, the real part of Christmas to hold on to.
After all of this, God spoke to Job and ordered him once again to intercede for his friends, who had been wrong and did not comfort Job, but instead accused him which added to his suffering. You must consider the great obedience of Job in he was in misery beyond misery, and people were blaming him and not consoling him. Normal people would still be seething with rage and want to run them down with a bulldozer, but Job obeys and in that act of obedience and caring, Job is restored. Do not lose sight of what Job did, like Christ he intercedes for people who deserved a lightning bolt and in that absolute obedience when God ordered Job to offer for his freinds sins who had betrayed him, Job did this and in the end, Job had more things and family restored to him than when this all started.
In Job 34, Elihu is presenting a law and order outcome which is what the Holy Ghost directed as the teaching for this day. Evil people produce a bad debt which satan owns, and satan collects on it. God does not bless evil and God reckons with evil. Evil in it's form is a cancer which consumes life, and those who engage in it, are self destroyed or destroyed by the associations with other wicked people.
For this age, this is the not complicated teaching in evil does not prevail and will not prevail.
. 21 "He has his eyes on every man and woman. He doesn't miss a trick. 22 There is no night dark enough, no shadow deep enough, to hide those who do evil. 23 God doesn't need to gather any more evidence; their sin is an open-and-shut case. 24 He deposes the so-called high and mighty without asking questions, and replaces them at once with others. 25 Nobody gets by with anything; overnight, judgment is signed, sealed, and delivered. 26 He punishes the wicked for their wickedness out in the open where everyone can see it, 27 Because they quit following him, no longer even thought about him or his ways. 28 Their apostasy was announced by the cry of the poor; the cry of the afflicted got God's attention. Because You Refuse to Live on God's Terms 29 "If God is silent, what's that to you? If he turns his face away, what can you do about it? But whether silent or hidden, he's there, ruling, 30 so that those who hate God won't take over and ruin people's lives.
The end times are a wicked time, the worst in world history which will consume all life if the days are not shortened. We were born to this age as Protestant Christians, and like Job the afflictions are overcome in Christ carrying and caring for us. The trials create and grow a greater God's Light within us to glorify and honor the Father.
It is akin to a greenhouse plant we see for funerals. Most lovely, but put a lily outside in the real world and it will burn and look like Job in a day. Your garden lilies whipped by the wind, pecked at by birds, attacked by bugs, putting down roots in the heat and not growing too tall for the cold, thrive and look beautiful because they have been exposed to the trials of the world. This is the working of God in you and our mandate is to always remain Faithful to God for God is Faithful to us. We know the end is Christ and we with Him. There is not doubt in that.
We can call upon God, cry to God, scream to God, for deliverance, help, strength and to be avenged. God hears and is there for us always and when things work out, we will be saved from this as Job was. Faith though is where Job remained and Faith is where we remain, for Faith is where God is with us.
The evil which we endure in Christ does not come from God for Christians. It is from the satan, the evil of this world or from us thinking we can handle sin.
Once again, another Lame Cherry exclusive in matter anti matter.