Surely even now my witness is in heaven, and my evidence is on high. Job 16:19
When a person is accused of a crime, there are witnesses sought out to prove whether that person had done the crime or not. Sometimes there are witnesses that can easily be called forth, but other times there are no witnesses to verify whether the person is innocent or guilty. Not every time is there another human being around to see what is being done. This is even more true for crimes that have to do with thoughts being made.
Job, in his defense, states that in heaven he has one who is his witness and has evidence of his innocence.
It is a scary thing for a person to be accused of something in which that person has never done. For most people, proving that they are innocent is difficult, especially when the thing done wrong was supposed to have been done in secret.
People can only see from the outside and have a very limited view. No one can always know absolutely everything that has occurred with perfect accuracy.
Believers are often accused of doing wrong by the world and even other believers, especially when they are going through an extremely difficult time in their lives. Many believe that when a person becomes a believer, that person will never have any more problems. If that person has problems, it is because of sin. While this may be true in some cases, it is not in every case, as with Job.
Instead of focusing on what people are saying, believers need to see what God is saying. He is their witness in heaven who sees all and knows all that is going on or has gone on. God often allows trouble in one’s life to build up and to prove one’s faith.
During times of difficulties in your life, start with seeking God. Find out from God if the problems are due to sin or is it a time of testing and proving.
Focus your life upon living for God in every way possible. Trust His word that He has forgiven you and will lead you on the path of righteousness for His name’s sake. If change or repentance is needed, then do it. If not, then rejoice that God sees you faithful enough to put you through a trial as He did with Job and Jesus. Remember He is your witness.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God is doing in your life; that you will know what God is allowing in your life; that you will know what God says of you; and that you will trust what God says of you.
My soul loathes my life; I will give free course to my complaint, I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. Job 10:1
Nearly every person has some complaint about something, though some will never speak what is on their heart. Other people appear to live to complain about life in general. Everyone has a time in their life when everything that could go wrong does go wrong and it is painful. During those times many will let others know of what is on their heart, the struggles and pain of what they are going through.
As Job went through a series of horrible disasters, he hated his life and chose to speak from his heart of his bitterness and complaint of what was happening.
Every person has times of disaster in one’s life. Everything is going horribly wrong and falling apart. Those are times of intense suffering and pain, whether physically or emotionally.
During those times many people will choose to turn to drugs or something else to deaden the pain or to take their mind off of their troubles. The world has no hope in itself and only sees despair and trouble with no way out. Without God, this is true.
Believers will also have times of extreme trouble in their lives. Their hearts will be filled with pain of the suffering and want to cry out in anguish. Unlike the world, believers have God whom they can run to for strength, comfort and understanding.
God does not always answer the why of the pain and suffering, but is always right by the believer’s side, giving strength and comfort. Jesus went through pain and suffering so that the believer could have life, abundant life that extends into all of eternity. He gives hope to those who are in pain right now.
There will most likely be times in your life in which you are struggling so much that you a hating your life. You may be wondering what is going on and why it is happening. There may appear to be no hope.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus and look to Him, the author and finisher of your faith. Tell God how you are feeling and allow Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit, giving you comfort and strength. Trust Him that He knows what He is doing and allowing in your life to make you more like Jesus.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will speak your heart to God at all times; that you will trust God with all of your life; that God will comfort you in times of difficulty; and that God will give you strength to not turn to the ways of the world in times of trouble.
But as for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause–Job 5:8
During times of trouble and problems, people seek out advice and recompense for what went wrong. They will seek it from others, friends, family and co-workers. Some will even attempt to get judges to rule that recompense must occur. A few will take the matter into their own hands to force repayment. They will submit their evidence as to what was done wrong to them, expecting that someone will make the necessary changes and reward them for all the damage.
Eliphaz responds to Job and blames Job for his problems. He says that he would seek God and commit his cause to God then he falsely accuses Job of doing wrong.
Every person has times of great trouble and difficult problems. It appears as if the entire world is against the person, including God. Everything that could go wrong, does go wrong.
During these times people seek reasons as to why things are the way that they are. Blame is wanted to be placed on someone or something. Full truth is rarely sought out, just so that blame can be quickly placed, and relief brought.
Although fully knowing why one is going through a difficult time may never be made fully known, every believer should first seek God and commit one’s life to the Lord, including the tragedies in life. Finding out what God has to say about the situation and how to deal with it should be at the top of the priority list.
In that, however, one must trust what God says or does not say. He may reveal the purpose, or He may remain silent. It may be for correction, or it may be for a proving of faith in Him, but it all belongs to God.
During times of great trouble, you may want to find a reason for it, to blame someone or something for those times. First stop and seek God’s direction in the situation. Commit your life to God, troubles and all, knowing that He knows what is best for your life and is in complete control of every situation.
It may be a time of correction from God, but it may also be a time of proving to the world that you are a true believer that you claim to be. Give it all to God.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek God’s direction in every difficulty in your life; that you will trust God knows what He is allowing in your life; and that you will not blame God for problems but give Him praise for being with you through the problems.
Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright ever cut off? Job 4:7
The moment a major disaster occurs in the life of someone, others on the outside look in and find all kinds of reasons as to why it occurred. Rather than looking at the bigger picture of the situation, blame is often quickly attributed to the individual. Accusations of wrong doing are raised to account for what occurred without knowing the full story. Doubt in the innocence of the individual is often in the minds of outsiders of the situation. One of Job’s friends,
Eliphaz, speaks to Job and asked if anyone has ever perished or been cut off who was innocent in an accusation against Job and his character.
One of the most common false beliefs that people have is that when they become a follower of Jesus all their troubles will go away. God will prevent any disasters in their lives because He loves them and would not allow it.
With this type of thinking, it is very common in the church that when the church sees some believer going through a disaster that accusations of it is automatically brought up. Belief that the disaster is directly a cause from sinful choices having been made and God is exacting punishment upon the believer.
Although there are times when God may be punishing a believer, there are other times when it is God testing the believer. In the testing God is not cutting the believer off nor is the believer perishing eternally. One’s life may be over in this life on earth, but one will live for eternity in heaven.
Not always knowing what God is really doing, believers must be careful to not make false accusations of the cause of disaster.
You may be going through, or you may know someone who is going through a major disaster in this life. Be careful to not quickly attribute that disaster to sin in your own life or in the life of someone else.
Turn to God for direction and wisdom in the situation. It may be a time of God testing you and building you up in your trust in Him. As you trust in God, at most you may perish from this life physically, but your soul will live for eternity with Him in heaven. He will not cut you off nor leave you.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God in every situation in your life; that you will grow in the times of God testing you; that you will pass the tests God puts you through; and that you will not falsely accuse others of sin in times of disaster.