Job 6:4 π Job 9:34 π Job 10:2 π Job 13:15 π Job 19:21 π Job 27:2 π Job 38:2 π Job 40:4; 2nd π Job 42:3 π Job 42:5 π Job 42:6 π Job 42:11
God initiated and limited the course of Job’s trial; Satan couldn’t touch Job until God gave permission. Job, in all his purgings, testings and dealings of God, never blamed the devil. He said:
“The hand of the Lord has touched me.” ( Job 19:21 )
“…The terrors of God set themselves against me.” ( Job 6:4 )
“…Let not His fear terrify me.” ( Job 9:34 )
“…Show me why You contend with me.” ( Job 10:2 )
“…And the Almighty who has vexed my soul.” ( Job 27:2 )
“…Job’s brethren comforted him over all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him.” ( Job 42:11 )
And probably the most profound quote from a human in the Scriptures: “Though God slay me, yet will I trust Him.” ( Job 13:15; top )
Job was the most outstanding servant of God at that time, perfect and upright, and shunned evil. Yet he was a man who had not seen God, nor was he totally surrendered to God. He had an intellectual knowledge of God, but his ego and self-will were independent of the brokenness required by God. What else was out of line in Job’s life? In the twenty-ninth chapter, we get a clear picture of what he was like. Fifty-some times, he uses the word “I,” “my,” or “me.” He was obviously self-righteous. He wanted to use God’s power, but did not want to surrender to God.
Then, in the fortieth and forty-first chapters, Job found out God didn’t need his help, so he finally acknowledges God as Almighty God, and also finds out that he really was in competition with God. Pride was, up until this time, Job’s principle motivating force. He was talking about things he didn’t really understand. Job had wanted to use God’s power, instead of only being an empty vessel and only speaking when spoken through. “Who is this that darkens counsel by word without knowledge?” ( Job 38:2; top )
All of a sudden, the greatest, godliest man who had ever lived in history to that point cried out, “I am vile!” ( Job 40:4 ) When a person can abhor himself and see himself as God truly sees us, then we can truly be used of God. Then Job answers, “Who is he that hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore I have uttered that which I understood not; things too wonderful for me which I knew not.” ( Job 42:3 ) “Now my eyes see You.” ( Job 42:5 ) “I will lay my hand upon my mouth.” ( Job 40:4; top ) He finally learned not to speak until spoken through, and become an intercessor, one of God’s highest callings.
It takes long dealings of God to break any of us, for we only break when we listen to His voice and see His majesty in death to self. Job’s next utterance is, “Wherefore I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes,” ( Job 42:6; top ) and the Lord restored unto Job twice as much as he had before.
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