Job 40:4-5 Keeping Silent Before God

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“I am unworthy–how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth. I spoke once, but I have no answer–twice, but I will say no more.” Job 40:4-5 

Talking is something that most people like to do. They love to speak their minds to anyone and everyone. In the process of speaking their minds, most people will speak faster than they think. At that point they often say things that should not have been said.

Often these things are said in anger, cutting others down. This can be seen in a person cursing another person for cutting him off in traffic.

People are also very quick to cast judgement upon another without knowing all of the facts. They see or hear only one side of a story and cast judgement.

Job had cast judgement upon God. He blamed God for the problems that he had been going through. When God spoke up, Job quickly realized that he had made a mistake, he misjudged God. Now he said that he will no longer speak, but will listen and keep quiet.

When trouble arises in the life of someone, most people are quick to judge God. They believe that He is out to get them or no longer loves them because He is allowing this trouble. However, this is far from the truth. As Job learned that God was there all the time, but not the cause of problems. God was building Job up.

Believers can seek God for relief from trouble, but they do not need to judge Him. They don’t need to blame Him for the troubles in their life. They are to embrace the troubles and seek God for strength through the times.

This is where it is a time to be silent and humble before God.

As you are going through tough times, remember that God still loves you and is with you. It is a time to silence the grumbling and complaining to God, and worship Him instead. Know that He is in control and loves you.

Do not be like many and blame God, but trust Him. Trust that He is still in control and that He still loves you. When it gets difficult, and you blame God, you can put a hand over your mouth to stop speaking. Be silent and listen to God.

When you are going through a tough time, what are you saying? Are you blaming God? Or are you keeping silent and trusting Him?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will not blame God for your troubles; and that you will be silent when wanting to blame God.

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Job 34:12 God Cannot Do Wrong

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It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice. Job 34:12 

Watching some people, it sometimes appears as if they can never do anything wrong. They live such a good life, that they almost appear perfect. Yet, if one examines their life closer, there will be faults found in them.

There are also some people that many people feel as if the person cannot do anything wrong. People often put a politician on a pedestal and believe that no matter what he does, he cannot do anything wrong. Again, if a person really  looks closely at the person, faults will be found.

Job had been feeling as though God may be doing something wrong in judging him. Elihu points out that it is completely unthinkable that God would do something wrong, or that He would pervert justice.

Over time there have been many people who have turned against God because they thought He did something wrong. They had a loved one who God allowed to die from a sickness, rather than heal that person. God allows a person to lose his job. Things in his life do not go correctly and they blame God for it.

It is easy for a person to blame God for things when they go wrong. However, one needs to determine what is considered ‘something going wrong’. When a sickness overtakes a person, most people think that is wrong, but God may have it there for a greater, eternal purpose. Losing a job may feel as a bad wrong, but it may be done in order to move him to somewhere better or to get him out of what will become a bad situation.

God ways of doing things is strange to man’s thinking, but it is always correct and always the best action.

When things go ‘bad’ in your life, don’t just blame God and get angry with Him. Ask Him to reveal His purpose for those bad times. Ask Him how you can grow closer to Him through those bad times. Ask Him how you can be His witness in those bad times.

God will not and cannot ever do anything wrong. His love for you is so great that He will only do what is best for you. Trust Him, don’t blame Him. Despite the problems in this life, there is coming a day when it will be worth it all for eternity.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will trust God’s choices for your life; that you will know God never does things wrong; and that you will have a life of perfection for eternity in heaven with God some day.

Job 7:20 Blaming God And Self

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If I have sinned, what have I done to you, you who see everything we do? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you? Job 7:20 

When things go wrong in life, people want to find out why they went wrong. They want a reason as to why something had occurred so they can avoid it the next time.

If the cause of the problems was being on the wrong side of town, they will begin to avoid that side of town. If the cause was from a person, then they will avoid that person.

However, often the cause cannot be directly seen. Then people will begin to blame themselves or God.

As Job was going through an extreme amount of suffering, he was trying to understand why it was happening. He questioned God in wondering if he had sinned in some way or not to bring on the suffering. He also wondered if he had become a burden to God and God was trying to get rid of him.

Just like Job, people today will ask those same questions. Neither Job, nor people today, see the bigger picture. They could not see that the cause of the suffering was neither their sin, nor God wanting to get rid of them. Seeing the larger picture reveals it was Satan causing the suffering, and God allowing it to prove Job was faithful.

God’s ways are far above the ways  and thinking of any man. No one can fully understand them. People are not supposed to lean on their own understanding, but to trust God.

Rather than blame self or God, one must accept and trust God’s ways. Examine self for sin, but then repent and know that those sins are now gone and are no longer a factor in suffering.

Instead of blaming God or yourself for the suffering you are going through, trust in God and give Him praise that He knows what is best for you. Praise Him that He is with you throughout the time of suffering and has eternal life waiting for you in the end.

God’s love and mercy is greater than you or any sin you have done. Once you have repented of your sins, they are gone and God no longer holds them against you.

Now trust Him, instead of blaming self or Him for the suffering you are going through.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s forgiveness He offers; that you will trust God’s work in your life; and that God will reveal His presence in your life. 

Genesis 45:8 No One To Blame

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“So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.” Genesis 45:8

Hard times come upon every person at one point or another, and even often more than one time in life. Things change, people get sick or die, things break down, injuries, fights, disagreements, and more.

As things happen that are not very good or positive, the first thing many people try to do is figure out who to blame in why things went bad. Or they want to know why things went bad in their life. People want to know the purpose behind all negative things. Just as a little child asks the question ‘why?’ so do adults when things go bad.

Often it is easy to blame someone for what went wrong. The person said or did something that was bad and it caused a problem and a change in life. This is what it looked like for Joseph from an outside perspective. His brothers sold him into slavery, then, he gets falsely accused and put in prison. Everything looks terrible and individuals can be blamed–his brothers, and his master’s wife.

Yet, Joseph becomes second, only to Pharaoh in Egypt and provider of food for the world. He saw this as God’s doing in order to meet the needs of the people later on. God knew the drought was coming and set Joseph up to help meet that need. Joseph did not blame his brothers, nor God. He accepted and proclaimed that God sent him to Egypt to help the people, even though it was through slavery and imprisonment.

Believers will go through hard times, yet it is not anyone’s fault. God is in control and allows bad things to happen for a purpose. That purpose may be for the individual or it may be for others, but either way it is to glorify God.

As you go through hard times, and you will some day, do not be quick to blame someone else or get angry with God. Ask God to reveal the purpose for the hard time. Ask God how you can use that difficult time to spread His gospel message and bring Him glory. Ask Him how you can help others through your difficult time.

God can and will use you in the best way possible. Are you willing to be used despite the trouble it might be?

I pray today that you will know God’s work in your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will not be angry at what God allows in your life; and that you will use all situations for His glory.

Revelation 15:3 God’s Great Works

 

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and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb: “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations.” Revelation 15:3

People and the world as a whole love to blame God for many things. They believe that God is not doing His job or is doing a bad job. When there is a sickness, death, or something goes ‘bad’, the first thing many people want to do is blame God.

All that people see in this world is the pain, suffering, and sin. They do not understand why God would allow such a bad thing, if He is such a loving and good God. A number of people have walked away from God, because of some trouble in their life. They think that God is a cruel and unjust God.

John was given a vision of people who had overcome Satan and was worshipping God. They acknowledged the great and wonderful works of God and how true and just His ways are.

When a person really looks at what God has done and is doing, all he can see is how great and marvelous His works really are. No person on this earth deserves to live, because of any one sin that they have done, and everyone has done many sins. Yet, God has provided a way to remove that sin and give them life.

God did this in a way that is fair and true for every person. No one is excluded. Every person can have eternal life.

He works in the lives of each and every individual person to bring them this eternal life. This alone is a great and marvelous work, that is true and just.

If God were to be just as the world sees it, there would not be one person left alive on this earth. Every person would have to be destroyed.

Moses and the Israelites saw the great deeds of God as they left Egypt. You must also see the great and marvelous works of God in your own life and in this world as you are traveling out of Egypt on the path to heaven.

Realize how much God has done for you and refuse to see things in a negative way. Notice that all that occurs in your life is for a purpose to bring you closer to God and make you more like Jesus. Give Him praise today.

I pray today that you will know the works of God in your life; that you will know how God is building you up; that you will know how great God is; and that you will see God’s ways are best and praise Him.

Job 40:3-4 Silence Before God

Then Job answered the LORD: “I am unworthy–how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth. I spoke once, but I have no answer–twice, but I will say no more.” Job 40:3-4

God asks who is trying to correct Him. Job had been saying that he would stand before God to state his case and show that God made a mistake in punishing him with all the struggles he had been going through. Job realizes who God really is and states that he made a mistake in judging God. He will now keep silent before God and no longer accuse God of doing something wrong.

When people are going through a tough time, most people like to blame others for what is happening. It is easy for a person to think that the fault is someone else’s.

This also happens with blaming God for what is happening. There have been people who served God for years, then something catastrophic happens in their life. They choose to blame God for the problems and feel He is in the wrong. Then they choose to walk away from God, because they refuse to follow a God who allows bad things to happen.

God only allows things to happen in a person’s life that is the best thing for that person. As a person is going through a hard time, it is difficult to see how it can be the best thing to happen. It may feel like God made a mistake…but He never does make a mistake.

Take a look at the natural world around you. Look at how the stars and planets move in perfect sync with each other. Look at how the animals survive. Look at how the oceans stay in place. Look at how the rains come and go as needed. See the wonder of the sunrise and sunset. If God can control all of those great things correctly, don’t you think He can control your life correctly?

Paul said that all things work together for your good. God is working to bring about the best in your life. Although Job felt pain and sorrow, he was going to be rewarded in the end. He would be set as an example of great faith and trust in God.

Are you blaming God?

Or will you trust He knows what He is doing?

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will trust God with your life; that you will trust that God knows what He is doing; and that you will be a great example of faith for God to use.