“And now I am their taunting song; Yes, I am their byword.” Job 30:9 NKJV
“I cry out to You, but You do not answer me; I stand up, and You regard me. But You have become cruel to me; With the strength of your hand You oppose me.” Job 30:20-21 NKJV
Job’s complains about his honor turning into extreme contempt and his prosperity into calamity.
Job suffered heartbreaking loss when his children were taken from him. His self-worth, position of respect and honor were lost along with his wealth. He was afflicted with a painful illness.
The deepest wound may have occurred when his wife chose not to stand with him in faith. The woman who was bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh tore herself away when she told him to curse God and die!
We need people to stand with us when we struggle through trials and hardships. We need people to support and encourage us. We need people to pray for us!
It sounds like Job is praying. He is not. He is ranting. He began by complaining about the way people were treating him. He moves on to complain about the way God is opposing him.
Job compares his present circumstances to his prosperous past. Job tries to convince everyone including God that he deserves better. He spends so much time judging God for his circumstances he forgets to pray!
When Job lost his children and wealth he fell to the ground and worshiped God. He said; “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I shall return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Now Job is living in practical unbelief. He puts his trust and reliance on what he can do rather than trusting God for what the Lord can do. Job is not suffering because God has abandoned him. He is right where the Lord wants him to be.
The book of Job was written as an example to us. In times of pain and hardship, and we will all have them, we must remember the Lord!
Prayer is not just talking to God. It is worship. That is what God wanted from Job. The Lord was showing Satan Job’s heart belonged to Him. Prayer is listening to God. The Lord was showing the devil His children hear His voice and obey Him!
Do you belong to Jesus? If so, pray to Him. Listen for His voice. Give a living testimony to the great cloud of witnesses watching that you hear God’s voice and obey Him!
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