Job 6:4 – For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.
Hello readers, short blog today… and just a thought from Job when he was replying to Eliphaz. Job thought God was against him. That’s why Job cursed his day. That’s why Job was in grief. Of course there was the physical and psychological suffering, but there’s always a spiritual element to suffering. This physical life is an arena for the real battles… which are spiritual. Real life sorts people out. Yet trouble came Job said. And the thought of God being against him was so unbearable to Job he wanted out. God kill me was what he was saying. It would be better not to have been born! There’s actually one man of whom it was better for him if he had never been born. Remember back to when Jesus said of Judas Iscariot who betrayed him in Matthew 26:24 – The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. It won’t be a good idea to refuse the Saviour who shed his blood to save you.
Of course we know that God wasn’t against Job. Job didn’t understand what was going on. He engaged in a dialogue that really brought no rest at all. He only found rest when God spoke and set him straight. But all he knew was that his life had fallen apart and he was in pain from boils. Of course there’s nothing like suffering to make us wonder where God is at. God would use evil in Job’s life to bring him through a fiery trial of his faith. But there’s nothing like faith tried and tested and proven through the fire. Job at the end would say he had heard… but now mine eye seeth thee. After coming through some tough times in life, your relationship with God will be different.
But let’s stay on that thought of God being against us. We all don’t really truly know what it’s like to have God really set his face against us. Of course the Bible says God is angry with the wicked every day. The Bible also says if you don’t believe that the wrath of God abides on you. And this is true. You are but a heartbeat from hell if you are unsaved, where you will find out what this really is. But there are many things which are between you and really experiencing God against you. Jesus ultimately is who is between us and God, he bore the brunt of God’s wrath against sin so we don’t have to bear it. He took that cup of wrath, that cup of vinegar… a cup we can’t bear. God has many attributes, and there is also the longsuffering and goodness and mercy and grace of God. We all don’t deserve these attributes of God, but we all are the beneficiaries. But you will find out what it’s like to have God against you when you die unrepentant and unsaved. You should fear God. That is wisdom after all.
Job really thought God was against him. That was unbearable to him. Why is it not unbearable to you to have that thought cross your mind? Are you that blinded to truth? And how easily we always turn around and make it that God’s against us when he’s not. The world thinks God’s against them… but really he’s their only hope of salvation from a sinking ship. He’s for us. Look how for us he is… he so loved the world he gave his only begotten Son, that whosever believeth on him should not perish but have everlasting life! That’s for us yeah? Things happen in life and we put it down to God being against us. No God is for you. Jesus said in John 5:34 … but these things I say, that ye might be saved. What God does in our life he does for our good. Of course, it might not seem that way, there are so many people going through things unimaginable and inconceivable, and that really is due to the fact we live in a sin cursed world of our making. But if you are a child of God, he’s got you. If you are his child, you will have the ending Job had, whose ending was better than his beginning. If you aren’t you don’t have that hope.
God is not against you. He’s for you. We know that many false teacher have this catch cry, because they twist what “for you” means. He isn’t for your sin, but he is for you getting saved. He is for you getting saved and having eternal life. You haven’t yet experienced him really against you. He sends rain on the just and the unjust. He’s very longsuffering… not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. He pleads with us to choose life rather than death. The wrath of God that is coming to you is what you are warned to flee from… that’s what John the Baptist preached. Because there is wrath to come, but right now, people get by. Sinners are out and proud, sinners enjoy the longsuffering of God which they use to rebel against him and live wicked godless lives. But you don’t know yet what God’s righteous holy anger and wrath is like. One day you will find out if you reject his Son Jesus Christ for all time. So don’t make that mistake. It’s unbearable, and yet in death you won’t escape. Job longed for death, but even in death you cannot escape God. People will seek death in the future (in Revelation), but death is not an escape. So today is a warning, we have it pretty good, we sin and get by, nothing happens… but we need to wake up. The thought of God being against him was unbearable to Job, and it should be to you and I too.
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