Job 11:7-8 Giving False Counsel

Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than heaven–what can you do? Deeper than Sheol–what can you know? Job 11:7-8

There is always someone who has an opinion about what another person is going through. Many love to counsel that person with giving their opinion on how to deal with whatever situation that they are found to be in. Although some of the counsel may be good, very often they are based on the wrong baseline and become false or bad counseling.

Zophar asks Job is he could search out and know the deep things of God or the limits of God. Later he tells Job that he must repent of his sins to overcome the troubles he is in.

Standing on the outside the troubles that a person is going through can look entirely different than what is really occurring. It is easy for one to think of it as a problem of the individual’s choices when it may have absolutely nothing to do with the choices made. There are times when outside forces have brought on the trouble.

Believers in the church that are watching someone go through an extremely difficult time are quick to tell them to repent of any sin that they have done. This is often done because of the false belief that believers should never go through trouble unless they have done something wrong against God.

Zophar had it right when he stated that one cannot fully know the deep things of God. He did not understand that God was using the troubles to prove Job as righteous. Unless God gives full revelation, a believer cannot know fully what is going on.

Giving false counsel to repent will lead one down the wrong path. Believers must be careful in how they counsel ones going through trouble.

As you are watching a friend or loved one go through an extremely difficult time, be careful what counsel you give them. While there may be sin in that person’s life, it may also be a time of God proving them and building them up in their faith. Their lives may be a witness of God’s power in their lives.

Seek God first before you give counsel and see what He has to say and then say only that.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal to you when you are giving false counsel; that God will open your eyes to what He is doing; and that you will trust God in your own life during difficult times.

Ecclesiastes 11:5 Understanding God’s Ways

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As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. Ecclesiastes 11:5 

Scientists are always working hard to understand how things work. They are determined to figure out what makes things work the way that they do. Study after study is done on nearly everything that can be seen or unseen, touched or untouched.

As they study to answer their many questions, often many more questions are raised than are answered. Men are limited in their knowledge of how things work, yet their curiosity is still there.

Two areas of great interest for men is the weather and the human body. They want to be able to control the weather to keep people safe from harm in storms. And the desire to create a human being is great.

Solomon was the wisest person on the earth and knew that one cannot fully understand the path the wind takes, nor how a body is formed. He also realized that in the same way one cannot understand how God works.

Although the Bible does show their are a few principles that God always works on, such as love and forgiveness, there are many things that a person cannot fully understand. God works in one way with a person in a situation, and in a completely different way with another person in the same situation. He heals one way with one person and in a different way with another.

God is above all and in complete control. He is beyond fully understanding. However, one can know that God is in control and does what is best.

Holding on that trust is what can give a person peace and comfort in His life. The greatest thing a believer can do is trust that God knows what He is doing, rather than striving to fully understand Him.

God will work in many different ways in your life. Each situation may reveal a different way that God works. Do not fight to understand God’s ways or refuse to trust His ways when you do not understand them. Just accept what God is doing and trust Him.

If you could fully understand God, you would be God, but since you are not God, you cannot fully understand Him. Instead of doubt and confusion, trust Him as you trust that your body will function and grow the way it is supposed to.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus offers you; that you will not fear the way God works in your life; that you will trust the way God is working; that you will know that God is working out the best for you; and that you will know God loves you. 

Ephesians 1:17 Wisdom & Revelation To Know God

 

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I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. Ephesians 1:17

Wisdom is the ability to make the right choice with the knowledge that one has been given. Some cultures put a very high emphasis on the value of wisdom, while others do not care for it as much.

The wisdom of this world is short-sighted and temporary. It is limited by man’s simple ability to think and see what is immediately in front of him or his through his limited experience and training. 

Revelation is a revealing of things that cannot always be directly seen. Very few people don’t want to have some kind of revelation in some area of his life. People pay a lot of money for psychics to reveal something in their lives. People fight to know what is going to happen in the work place or with their local neighbor.

The world’s idea of revelation is selfish and short-sighted. They want to know for their own benefit, how they can get ahead in this life, how they can bypass some bad situation in their life.

Paul stated that he was asking God to give every believer wisdom and revelation, but not for selfish purposes, but to know God better.

God is an infinite God. He is so far advanced above man, that man cannot begin to fully comprehend Him. Without God revealing Himself, no person has the ability to really know Him or even see Him. God is outside of man’s way of thinking and seeing.

Yet, even though God is outside of man’s seeing, He wants to be known and seen. He is willing to reveal Himself in this world and wants to open the spiritual eyes of men to see Him. The believer will see God and know His character through what can be seen by God’s great revelation.

Allow God to open your eyes and see and know Him more. You cannot know enough about God and who He is and how great His love really is.

As you grow in wisdom and revelation of God, you will begin to see His hand at work in the world around you. All fear will be removed and replace with His love. Strive to know God more and more in your life.

I pray today that God will reveal Himself to you; that you will have God’s wisdom in your life; that you will see God at work in and around you; and that you will know God more and more.