“If I were in your shoes, I’d go straight to God, I’d throw myself on the mercy of God. (9) After all, he’s famous for great and unexpected acts; there’s no end to his surprises. (10) He gives rain, for instance, across the wide earth, sends water to irrigate the fields.
Job’s three friends came to comfort him, but they ended up criticizing him! Each of them used the same argument in one way or another:
(1) God blesses the righteous and afflicts the wicked;
(2) God has afflicted Job;
(3) therefore, Job must be wicked. Of course, their thinking seemed logical, but it was not spiritual. Mortal human beings are far too ignorant to understand fully the ways of God. For us to fit God into our own little “theological boxes” is to limit Him and make Him less than God.
We must keep in mind that these friends did not have the full revelation that we have in the NT, showing more fully that suffering is not always caused by sin, and that, through our faith in Christ, we can turn suffering into glory. It is a dangerous thing for believers to “explain the ways of God” to other believers if they do not understand God’s Word and God’s ways.
In his first speech, Eliphaz argues that Job is a sinner (Job 4:7-11). He bases his thinking on a special vision he once experienced (Job 4:12-21), so we might say that Eliphaz argues from personal experience — the hard “facts of life.” Bildad picks up the argument in Job 8:1-7 and very bluntly states that God does not do things unjustly. In Job 8:8-10, Bildad argues from tradition, and then quotes a series of “old sayings” to support his argument.
In the midst of Job’s “friends” speaking to him, three verses jumped out at me as I read these verses this morning, Job 5:8-10, our verses for today. It speaks of God giving rain, and waters to irrigate the fields. Have you ever thought about what a blessing rain is?
My friends, now you can see why Job’s friend said that rain on the earth is UNSEARCHABLE. Now think about this for a moment. If RAIN is an unsearchable blessing of God, how many other blessings has He poured out upon us without us even realizing it.
Whatever you may be battling today, please know that the same God that sends rain can send victory your way TODAY!
Why don’t you take just a moment wherever you are, and think about the blessings of God that you may have taken for granted. I have often taken rain for granted, and failed to see it as an unsearchable gift from God. Meditate on that for a moment.
“Lord, I am so thankful for Your unsearchable blessings. Rain is something that I honestly take for granted. I know there are many other daily blessings that I never stop to think about, or “thank you” for. Today, I will be more aware of Your blessings. I love You and thank You LORD. In Jesus’ name, Amen!”
Thanks Pastor Thason for an encouraging post!!
We are saved by who we know rather that what we know! Please think about the following concept with the painting that follows.
We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it. Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!! 1John 5:11-13, 1 John 3:2, John 17:3