Job 33:31 – Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I will speak.
Job 33:32 – If thou hast anything to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee.
Job 33:33 – If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom.
Hello readers, hope you’re having a good weekend. I’ve been on holidays and I planned to read the Bible more, but have failed miserably. I wonder why I fail, because the only time I get refreshed is when I am in the word of God, when I am reminded of God’s tender mercies, when I am reminded that Lord is the Most High. There is none higher, and though I or any other or our nation or this world or Satan himself exalts himself above God, God will cast and does cast down. The truth of God’s word, the authority of God’s word, and the promises of God’s word are most comforting in a time in our nation’s history where our government has gone into full dictator mode, and it feels like there is nothing we can do… because there is nothing the little guy can do against the government and media giant.
But God is in the giant killing business, and he used a boy with a sling and a simple childlike faith in him to slay the Philistine champion one day. Daniel got thrown in the lion’s den because of some new laws, which made it legal for a righteous man to be thrown to the lions. And yet God shut the mouth of the lions, God has power over the hungry, rabid lion mouths. God can make them shut up. There are plenty of hungry lions and we seem to be in the den with them at the minute, but when has that not been the case? And God can shut the mouths that though ravening, though hungry, though threatening, though fearful, though powerful… God has more power, trust him. I thought about Israel and all their battles, their impossible victories, when they had to do pretty much nothing and yet God wrought a great victory. I remember David’s mighty men, and the men that stood when everyone else was gone, when they defended a patch of ground that wasn’t negotiable with the enemy. The time has come for unacceptable losses, stand and fight rather than retreating and losing even more valuable territory, pick the hill worth dying on, a cause worth dying for… and see the mighty deliverance of our Lord. It was the year of our Lord once, make it the year of our Lord again.
Have that attitude of the three Hebrew children ” But if not, be it known unto thee, O king”. We need to be If not, know this. Our God can deliver us, but even if he does not, know that we will not bow, know that we will not disobey, know that we will put the word of our God first and mean it. It’s so easy to lose hope, but we have the God of true hope, when you put your hope in him, that hope will not be disappointed. Oh that hope will be tested, if Abraham our father’s was, so will ours, but a hope in the faithful word of the faithful Creator is a hope that will not betray you in the end.
Well, I was thinking about Job, and I had been reading what a young guy called Elihu said to him. Boy, Elihu said some stinging truths to Job. I had thought Elihu was out of place and a bit arrogant, but I’ve come around to him a lot. Elihu made a lot of sense, and I wondered at Job not replying to him. See, Job had had replies for his three friends, and he’d put their arguments to shame, because they did not have an answer for him. But Elihu had an answer, and what Elihu said was for Job’s good, and could do Job good, and did do Job good, and Elihu’s heart was in the right place. Elihu told Job what Job needed to hear. And this simple little blog is about what we need to hear versus what we want to hear. Because we all rise and fall on this little truth that is woven through the whole of scripture. Are you a Job who can receive what you need to hear and prefer it over what you want to hear?
And I thought about my own life, and the best things that have ever been said to me has been what I didn’t want to hear, yet it was what I needed to hear. And this is what I can take from Job’s life, and Job’s listening to all that Elihu had to say, which lead to God speaking to him. After Elihu spoke, God spoke. May we be people that can lead others to them hearing from God themselves, may we point them to the word of God. Elihu made a lot of sense as it turns out, and with the book of Job in particular, sometimes you just need to read and reread and meditate on it, and sit on it even if you don’t get what is being said, because in this book is pure gold for a faith of gold. This book was delivered by faithful men and a faithful God to us so that we would have that like faith. This book is for our faith, and our faith will turn to our justification and our salvation.
Elihu invited Job to speak and justify himself and come up with a rebuttal. But Job did not. Interesting huh. Job had always had an answer. Why did not Job have a come back this time? Because Job was listening. See, Job was a man capable of hearing what he needed to hear, he wasn’t a man who only heard what he wanted to hear. It’s such a big difference. And this is such a crucial little truth. I mean, people don’t get saved because they do not have the capacity to receive what they need to hear. What you need to hear is often what you do not want to hear. But you still need to hear it don’t you. This world needs to hear truth, but Christians don’t want to give them it anymore, because they don’t believe it, need it, or want to hear it themselves and they damn sure know the world doesn’t want to hear it either. Remember that Cain didn’t want to hear it, and it’s never changed. Who wants to hear about hell? Who wants to be reminded of their guilt before God? Who wants the condemnation of their own conscience and their knowledge of God that they’ve buried resurrected in their mind? Who wants to be rebuked for their sin? Is there anyone that loves that? And yet those things, and a rebuke is what can pave the way for the most wonderful repentance, salvation and revelation of God unto them.
The only way to God is through hearing and receiving what you need to hear. I was thinking about Paul in the book of 1 Corinthians, and he really dealt with the issues going on in that church. It was a letter stained with his tears, but a letter that did not hold back on some home truths and things that were for their good, and which while it hurt them, it did not damage them. You see, you may get hurt, you may get wounded, but they are faithful wounds. And Paul’s letter led to a most glorious story of repentance, reconciliation and restoration in the Bible. That man in fornication was restored, and guess what, it was so much better. They had thought they were pretty good accommodating his sin, being nice to him, trying to win him with niceness, but not dealing with him according to the truth of God’s word. Noone told that man what he needed to hear. And they were keeping him for getting right with God. That’s the irony. So many Christians keep people from getting right with God with their wisdom and their way of dealing with truth. This seeker friendly church movement, this we accept everyone church movement, while they glory in it and they pat themselves on the back because they think they’re so loving and nice and good and righteous, it has done noone any good. And that’s why noone seems to be getting saved anymore.
The truth is, what we need to hear is often what we do not want to hear. But it is still what we NEED to hear even if we do not want to hear it. And it is for OUR good. The person that most benefits from hearing what you need to hear is you. And true love does not hold back on the truth. God did not hold back on the truth, and you look at Jesus Christ’s preaching, he did not hold back on the truth. He told them what they needed to hear, but they could not receive it because of their stiff necks and hard hearts. They wanted to hear something else, they didn’t want to hear about their hypocrisy that needed to be exposed, they didn’t want to hear about hell which they needed to be warned about, they did not need to be reminded of judgment which brought the conviction of sin they needed in their lives.
Elihu gave Job a chance to justify himself. He said Job, please reply if you have anything to say. Say what you need to say if you think you’ve got something to say. Tell me where I’m wrong if I’m wrong. And Job did not take it the invitation to reply. Elihu was telling Job what he needed to hear and Job wanted to hear it. Job knew and recognized what he needed to hear. And Elihu had said he was seeking to justify Job. Job I want to justify you, I want to see you right with God, I want the truth to prevail in all this because it hasn’t thus far! And he justified Job by telling him what he needed to hear, and Job listened. Elihu’s speech is one of no interjection from Job, no butting in from Job, no protestation from Job, no smart reply from Job, no justification from Job. And when God talked to Job, Job similarly shut up. He’d previously said he’d order his cause, he’d said he’d make his case, he’d said he wanted to talk so bad, and then God talks to him, and Job is listening, not talking, Job is repenting, not justifying.
Honestly speaking, we are all nothing compared to Job. Could we possibly be the type of people actually and really seeking the truth even if we are the ones who need to hear what’s uncomfortable, what doesn’t suit us, what we don’t want to hear? It’s a good test of what truly is inside isn’t it. Because you may say you want the truth, but as Proverbs 17:16 says ” Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?” Yeah yeah, at the end of the day, you just want to hear what you want to hear and you will only hear what you want to hear. The problem is you have no heart for truth isn’t it. Read Jeremiah 42 for an epic picture of this and how it turned out. Oh they turned on Jeremiah because he told them what they needed to hear when they were only interested in what they wanted to hear… because they had already decided what they were going to do anyway. Oh and you think God is going to be fooled? Really? And the best advice in my life, and odds are, the best advice in your life, will be what you did not want to hear, but what you needed to hear.
Rarely what we truly need to hear aligns with what we truly want to hear. This world is full of people who want to hear what they want to hear, and they will only hear what they want to hear. The Bible talks about these people at length, such as in 2 Timothy 4:3,4 ” For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” The reason why Christendom is like it is, the reason why churches are like they are, is because people go where they hear what they want to hear. If a man of God stands up and tells them what they need to hear, they want his head on a platter, Herod’s wife style. They have no heart for the truth. But Job did. Job was seeking truth, no matter what it looked like, he was desperate for it. That’s the difference, are you desperate for truth?
Do you see Job snap back at Elihu? Do you see Job “put him in his place”? Oh you young fool, you got no idea what you’re talking about. How about you go through what I’m going through? Do you hear that from Job? No, and even with all of Job’s responses, you see a graciousness and humility the whole way as he is in such a bad way and his friends are piling it on, and he just wants some answers, he just wants to know where God is at all this, how can I make sense of this and what can I more do?
My goodness, this is such a big truth in the Bible. And you cannot be saved without being able to hear what you need to hear over what you want to hear. May God give us that ear that can hear and that will hear. Change me God, give me a heart to hear what you tell me that I need to hear which I may not want to hear. May God give us that heart that can receive it. It surely takes the grace of God, because nothing in our human nature wants to hear what we do not want to hear. So we will rise no higher than our ability to hear what we need to hear from the word of God and the man of God who has the word of God in his mouth. May we tell God honestly and sincerely, speak for thy servant heareth. Swift to hear, slow to speak remember. Elihu had been slow to speak, but when he spoke, he made sense. And Job listened to Elihu, he heard what he needed to hear. Tell me what I need to hear… that’s all Job ever wanted in the whole thing really. May we be like Job. Our very salvation and walk with God depends upon it. Are we ready to hear what we need to hear? How am I going with that? And how are you going with that?
Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 30 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)