Saturday, January 14, 2012

Job 14, 15 & 16: Without the Comforter

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Job 16:9 “Even now, behold, my Witness is in heaven, and He who vouches for me is on high.”
Job 16:21 “Oh, that there might be one who would plead for a man with God and that he would maintain his right with Him, as a son of man pleads with or for his neighbor!”

In verse 9, Job seems to have the revelation of Jesus’ role as an intermediary between God and man. (1 Timothy 2:5) Then by verse 21, his sorrows snatch that revelation from His heart. The cares of this world have choked out the seed that was sprouting.

1 Timothy 2:5 & 6 “For there [is only] one God, and [only] one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, Who gave Himself as a ransom for all [people, a fact that was] attested to at the right and proper time.”
Matthew 13:22 “As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the Word, but the cares of the world and the pleasure and delight and glamour and deceitfulness of riches choke and suffocate the Word, and it yields no fruit.”

My heart goes out to Job; suffering and loss and hopelessness endured without the comfort of Holy Spirit and the whispers of Jesus, seem incomprehensible to me. Yet, Job holds on… God was pouring out His grace upon Job even though he could not perceive it.
I wonder how many times when life gets rough, our emotional state keeps us from realizing that God is right their with us?  
Lord, help me to recognize the Jobs out in the world, and bring them news of the Comforter, who will never leave and certainly never forsake. In the name of Jesus. AMEN!!!

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