Friday, 11 September 2009

Lessons from Job - 11th September 09

My brothers & sisters,

I pray you are all well. The Lord had me reading further into Job this morning and then showed me to share these thoughts.

The Lord has been showing me that it is important to always try to understand the setting of the dilemma is that we read about in the bible and not just to read away as if reading a novel. Also to support our friend, family etc without beating them about the head with scripture and religion, but to support with the heart of God. The experiences we read about in the bible were real life traumas for our ancestors and for any of us who have experienced or tasted the bitterness of disappointment or pain in one form or another should hopefully be able to empathise as we read.

Job Chapters 6 to 8 – it was amazing to read Job’s words, they at times could appear to lack faith, but for me, I think we see a model of what a non mask wearing Christian would say to God going through a trial. I know we often hear and it is scriptural to give thanks in all situations, but if your brother or sister is going through something and they want to vent off, please ALLOW them to do so. You can see that Job had lost more than we (I pray) ever will. In fact, I believe that Job was a pioneer in some ways, so that we could learn from his dilemma rather than having to have to taste all of the pain of his dilemma. Am I saying he carried our dilemma’s for us, no, only our Lord Jesus was tested in all points and was righteous to carry all of our sin’s, what I am trying to say about Job is that God has I believe, used Job to show us not only His restoration, grace, mercy, His Love and Faithfulness, but that it is alright to question, be upset, be angry even (but do not sin) when going through trials and tribulations. However as with Job do not caste away you hope/confidence in God, if only it is a little, holds onto a mustard seeds worth, for then He shall move the mountain in your way:

Hebrews 10:35 (The Message)

32-39 Remember those early days after you first saw the light? Those were the hard times! Kicked around in public, targets of every kind of abuse—some days it was you, other days your friends. If some friends went to prison, you stuck by them. If some enemies broke in and seized your goods, you let them go with a smile, knowing they couldn't touch your real treasure. Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set you back. So don't throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It's still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God's plan so you'll be there for the promised completion.

It won't be long now, he's on the way;
he'll show up most any minute.
But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust;

if he cuts and runs, I won't be very happy.
But we're not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We'll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.

I have looked at Job very differently of late, reading chapter 7 I could clearly identify with Job as he talks about feeling no comfort, unable to sleep without tossing and turning until morning (vs. 4) and his general unrest all through that chapter.

Bildad – (Chapter 8)

A very brave friend indeed. I am not so sure if I were Job, that Bildad would have still been breathing after he had finished saying verse 1 to 5, after what I had just been through :O)

Job 8: 1-7 (The Message)

Bildad's Response

Does God Mess Up?

1-7 Bildad from Shuhah was next to speak:
"How can you keep on talking like this?
You're talking nonsense, and noisy nonsense at that.
Does God mess up?
Does God Almighty ever get things backward?
It's plain that your children sinned against him—
otherwise, why would God have punished them?
Here's what you must do—and don't put it off any longer:
Get down on your knees before God Almighty.
If you're as innocent and upright as you say,
it's not too late—he'll come running;
he'll set everything right again, re-establish your fortunes.
Even though you're not much right now,
you'll end up better than ever.

Now the fact is that Bildad was not incorrect in what he was saying, but 'man alive!' his delivery seemed very harsh, especially to a friend who had just had his children killed, lost everything he had and his wife was almost as bad as satan himself was.

I talked before of the fact that job’s friend did show great friendship in coming to him and then sitting for 7 days & nights without saying a word, just sharing in his grief, so I know they were indeed true friends. I also believe that a true friend will always tell you the truth and not just, what you want to hear; but I will say this;

When comforting your friends/brethren/family anybody please:
  • Take on board/understand the delicate nature of their experience. It may be trivial to you, but not to them
  • It is not an opportunity to show how much you know and how spiritual you are
  • It is about comforting and supporting them
  • Do be honest and do not agree to untruths in order to pacify
  • Be sensitive
  • Remember – not everyone is like you and so it is not always right to tell it as you would like to hear it – it’s not about you
  • Lastly – if you can’t do the above, find someone else who can
Always seek God guidance on what or what not to say, if God is asking you to say anything at all.

As always, I have said what I have through the leading of the holy Spirit, but would again urge to test the spirit in order to ensure that I have not diluted the message.

1 Thessalonians 5:21 (New Living Translation)
21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.

God bless you all

Brother Don

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