Job 29:2

Job 29:2…”How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me.” Job proceeds to describe why he was content previously. Although he does not explicity point it out here, it had nothing to do with earthly prosperity. A gracious soul delights in pleasing God, not in pleasing the world. Four things were then very pleasant to Job:

1. The confidence he had in the God’s protection.

2. The enjoyment he had of God’s love for him.

3. The communion he had with God’s word.

4. The assurance he had of God’s presence.

Job 28:12

Job 28:12…”But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell?” Job maintained that the mysteries of Providence were known by God alone. The caverns of the earth may be discovered, but not the counsels of Heaven. We cannot fully understand all of God’s purposes, and this is especially true when it comes to why we suffer. What we do know is that God uses trials and sufferings to break us of our dependence on ourselves. For the believer, He is chipping away at our unbelief, pride, and selfishness so that we would trust and love Him increasingly. He is in the process of making us more like His Son, who was perfectly faithful, humble, and selfless.

Job 27:19

Job 27:19…”He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more; when he opens his eyes, all is gone.” When we stand before God and give an account for our lives, there will be no additional opportunities for repentance and faith in Christ. We won’t be able to present our worldly success as an offering to a Holy God who commands us to turn from worldliness to Him. In Mark 8:36, Jesus said, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” Jesus wants our hearts and minds, and the troubles of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth blind us to the truth about Him (Matthew 13). In (Mark) verse 38, He goes on to say, “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

Job 26:8

Job 26:8…”He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.” Centuries later, scientists began to discern the rules for the rain that Job talked about. Rainfall is part of a process called the water cycle, and here’s how the cycle works:

1) The sun evaporates water from the ocean.

2) That water vapor rises and becomes clouds.

3) The water in the clouds falls back to earth as rain, collecting in streams and rivers and making its way back to the ocean.

4) This process then repeats itself over and over again.

Galileo “discovered” this cycle hundreds of years ago. In fact, even today scientists are only beginning to fully understand God’s decrees or rules for the rain. But the process we now know as the Hydrologic Cycle was being described by the authors of the Bible thousands of years ago. Just another reason to believe scripture is not ‘man-made.’

Note: see additionally:

Job 36:27-28
He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams; the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind

Ecclesiastes 1:6-7
The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again

Genesis 8:22
As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.

Job 28:26
God made decrees [rules] for the rain. And He set a way for the lightning of the thunder

Amos 9:6
He who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out on the face of the earth, the LORD is His name

Job 25:4

Job 25:4…”How then can a mortal be righteous before God? How can one born of woman be pure?” Bildad does give good wisdom in Job 25. Man is born into sin and is spiritually dead. How can a spiritual corpse have life? Only by the miraculous grace and mercy of God setting His affection on us. Man has never chosen God willingly. If we’re saved it is because when we were dead in our sins and transgressions, God made us alive in Christ (Ephesians 2).

Job 24:1

Job 24:1…”‘Why does the Almighty not set times for judgment? Why must those who know him look in vain for such days?” Job’s view of God’s providence is still off. He still views long life, health, and prosperity in this life as marks of God’s elect. This is wrong according to God’s word, and also is not our experience if we’re honest with ourselves. An eternal perspective and a right understanding of why sickness and death came into the world are important for the Believer. Christ’s atoning death did not include health and wealth in this life. Reliance on this false theology will only bring disappointment and despair.

Job 23:8

Job 23:8…”But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him” Job’s unbelief brought about confusion. Christians all struggle with unbelief, which is at the heart of all sin. We either forget, or stubbornly refuse to believe the gospel. A sign of spiritual maturity is recognizing how prideful unbelief causes despair and disobedience. We need to repent from the sin of unbelief and turn toward Christ. Asking God to increase our faith is a good thing to pray. Also, paying attention to God’s wisdom and turning our ears to His words of insight (Proverbs 5:1) in scripture is imperative for our spiritual survival.

Job 22:10

Job 22:10…”That is why snares are all around you, why sudden peril terrifies you.” Eliphaz brought heavy charges against Job without reason for his accusations, except that Job was visited as he supposed God always visited every wicked man. He charges him with oppression, and that he did harm with his wealth and power in the time of his prosperity. However, the Bible clearly teaches that Christians will face trials (1 Peter 1:6), and that those are used by the Lord for our spiritual good if we respond correctly (James 1:2-8). The prosperity gospel is so harmful because it tricks people into thinking that blessing and suffering are directly tied to performance. If we’ve been purchased by the blood of Christ, and are authentically converted, then He already set His affection on us unswervingly before He created the world (Ephesians 1:4). This affection is eternal, and has been sealed by the Holy Spirit in us as a down payment (Ephesians 1:14-16).

Job 21:7

Job 21:7…”Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?” Job comes closer to the question in dispute. This was whether outward prosperity is a mark of the true church, and the true members of it, so that ruin of a man’s prosperity proves him a hypocrite. Job’s friends believed this foolishly, but he rebuked them. Sadly, this heresy is very popular today. In fact, the prosperity gospel is believed by 46% of professing Christians in the U.S. according to a recent book by Southeastern Seminary professors David Jones and Russell Woodbridge. The book, Health, Wealth and Happiness, is very helpful in tracing the origins of the prosperity gospel back to the New Thought movement of the late 1800s, which was clearly not biblical or even remotely Christian. Jones and Woodbridge also point out the commonly misinterpreted verses and ideas used by prosperity gospel preachers to twist scripture out of context.

Here is an excerpt:

A recent survey found that in the United States, 46 percent of self-proclaimed Christians agree with the idea that God will grant material riches to all believers who have enough faith. Why is this so? The prosperity gospel has an appealing but fatal message: accept God and He will bless you– because you deserve it. (Health, Wealth and Happiness: Has the Prosperity Gospel Overshadowed the Gospel of Christ? by David W. Jones and Russell S. Woodbridge, Kregel Publications, 2011, page 15)

Job 20:11

Job 20:11…”The youthful vigour that fills his bones will lie with him in the dust.” The miserable condition of the wicked man in this world will transfer to eternity in a much more severe way. The lusts of the flesh are here called the sins of his youth. He hides and keeps them under his tongue to conceal his beloved lust and secret delight. However, God knows what is in the heart and under the tongue. The love of the world and its obsession with wealth and lust is wickedness, and the man who sets his heart upon these is on the path to destruction. Christians recognize this worldliness in their own hearts, and pivot from that path to the One with whom they’ll enjoy forever in heaven.