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A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold is as pictures of silver.(Prov.25:11) It is so important to speak the right words to people at the right time to produce the right results. When you think of apples of gold in pictures of silver, then you are thinking of wealth and excellence. When we speak wisdom into the lives of others we are making them wealthy. Therefore we must seek God for He is the source of all wisdom and He will give us just the right words needed at the right time.
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  • #Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speaks, surely he shall be swallowed up. And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds, but wind passeth and cleanseth them. Fairweather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty. Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: He is excellent in power, and in judgment and plenty of justice: he will not afflict. Men do therefore fear him: he respects not any that are wise of heart. Job 37:20-24

    Elihu continues his diatribe with Job by asking a question: shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speaks, surely he shall be swallowed up. This is going to be the result of Job in the next chapter. God is terrible in majesty. Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict. God Almighty is near to the broken-hearted he does not afflict without cause. The psalmist said before I was afflicted I went astray, now I obey thy law. We need to obey the law of God and help those that are down trotted. For God is a buckler to the poor and those that are contrite in heart. God is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: We are crying out for justice for Terrence Floyd the brother of George Floyd who was murdered by the police. The judgment of an evil work is not speedily executed, but the wheels of justice grind slowly. We must wait upon God for there is nothing hidden that He will not reveal. Therefore, men do fear him: He is not a respecter of any that are wise of heart. So humble thyself before the mighty hand of God and in due time he will lift thee up.

  • #Hear attentively the noise of his voice and the sound that goeth out of his mouth. He directeth it under the whole heaven and his lightning unto the ends of the earth. After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his excellency and he will not stay them when his voice is head. God thundereth marvelously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend. For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain and to the great rain of his strength. He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work. Then the beasts go into dens and remain in their places. Job 37:2-8

    The book of Job has a lot of meteorologies in it and not only for them but for all of us to marvel at the voice of the Lord. Today is the first day of the Hurricane Season in the United States of America and as we ponder should we buy flood insurance, let us ponder that we have our spiritual houses in order. As the world is being rocked with the coronavirus pandemic and racial unrest with the police killing of George Floyd. We pray that there would be a turning to God in repentance and moaning for righteousness and justice to flow like a mighty river. The beast goes into dens and remains in their place to show their respect for God. We need to show our love for God and our fellow man who is made in the image of God. May a great revival break out in this land and a turning to God with love for mankind. Be at peace with all men and follow holiness, for without holiness no man will see the Lord.   

  • #Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity? Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold. Every man may see it; a man may behold it afar off. Behold, God is great and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out. For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapor thereof: Which the clouds do drop and distills upon man abundantly. Also, can any understand the spreading of the clouds or the noise of his tabernacle? Job 36:23-29

    Elihu has some good questions about life and living righteously. Then he states a profound fact: Behold, God is great and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out. God is from everlasting to everlasting; he had no beginning or end. He is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. We are finite and He is infinite. He sends small the small drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapor thereof: Which the clouds do drop and distills upon man abundantly. What a mighty God we serve who purifies the rain in the clouds upon man abundantly. Also, can any understand the spreading of the clouds or the noise of his tabernacle? Scripture tells us that the clouds are his chariots and one day Jesus is going to step out in the clouds to call His children home. What a glorious day that will be when the dead in Christ will be awakened to their glorified bodies and those who are alive in Christ shall be changed in a moment in the twinkling of an eye. We say even so come Lord Jesus to take us away. This sin-cursed world needs Jesus who came to seek and to save the lost. All creation is moaning for Him to break through the clouds one day real soon. Let us fear the Lord and depart from iniquity living a life of love for God as well as our fellow man.

  • #If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? or what receives he of thine hand? Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art and thy righteousness may profit the son of man. By reason of the multitude of oppressions, they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty. But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night; Who teacheth us more than the beast of the earth and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven? There they cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil men. Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it. Job 35:7-13

    Elihu continues his diatribe with Job by saying Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art and thy righteousness may profit the son of man. Then he questions where is God my maker, who gives songs in the night; Who teaches us more than the beast of the earth and makes us wiser than the fowls of heaven? God indeed does give us songs in the night and does make us wiser than the fowls of Heaven? But for him to accuse Job as he has done, is to show some self-righteousness. Job is indeed a righteous man and is not suffering because of his wickedness that he has committed. Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it. Thus God will require Job to intercede for his friends for all the false accusations that they have made against Job. We too must intercede for the families of the oppressed that God will grant them relief from the oppression of the wicked and pray for our leaders that they make the rule in righteousness. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. May we be like Job and wait on God all the days of our appointed time for our change to come.

  • #That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more. Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest. Let men of understanding tell me and let a wise man hearken unto me. Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom. My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because of his answers for wicked men. For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us and multiplieth his words against God. Job 34:32-37

    Elihu has asked some great questions for Job and he said that which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more. This is most noble and it should have impressed Job for him to say that. Then he says let men of understanding tell me and let a wise man hearken unto me. Then he states Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom. This had to be hard for Job to listen to, but the Bible tells us if you rebuke a wise man, he will thank you. We know that Job is indeed a wise and righteous man and God will rebuke him at the proper time. So we can learn a lot from this diatribe with Job and to see that Job addeth rebellion unto his sin and claps his hands among us while his words were multiplied against God. This was a bold statement as God had said to Satan, that you movest me to strike Job without cause. We know that Job, is a righteous man, but he is not perfect. There is not a just man upon the earth that sinneth not and Job is an example of one. So our words must be few towards God, for He shall correct all of us at the appointed time. So as the psalmist said: help me to know my end, so that I may number my days in wisdom.

  • #He looketh upon men and if any say, I have sinned and perverted that which was right and it profited me not; He will deliver his soul from going to the pit and his life shall see the light. Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man, To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living. Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace and I will speak. If thou hast anything to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee. If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace and I shall teach thee wisdom. Job 33:27-33

    Elihu is a good and honest man but he is wrong about Job. It is easy to judge another man if you have not walked in his shoes. Job does hold his peace and God will reward Job in the end when he prays an intercessory prayer for his friends. We are in the midst of this coronavirus pandemic and we too should be praying for our friends and neighbors that God will deliver them from this virus, for He is our Jehovah Rapha, our healer. Thank God for Elihu and forgive him for judging Job for some sin he thought was in his life. Job indeed will be healed of his boils and vindicated of all the evil that has come upon him.

  • #For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me. Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles. I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer. Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man. For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away. Job 32:18-22

    Elihu shows wisdom toward Job by waiting to speak because Job was an old man and he did not want to give flattering titles by speaking too soon.  Elihu is ready to speak that he may be refreshed, so he opened his lips and answered, for he knew God would take him away by giving flattering titles. Jesus told us not to call any man father, but our Father in heaven. So the wisdom of Elihu is great and we can learn a lot from him by the way he answered Job. God is our Abba Father, which is Aramaic for Daddy which is a term of endearment that we can use as his children. It is my prayer that we would love the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds, and souls. This is the great commandment and the second is like unto it, that we should love our fellow man as ourselves. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

  • #So these three men ceased to answer Job because he was righteous in his own eyes. Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled because he justified himself rather than God. Also against the three friends his wrath kindled because they had found no answer and yet had condemned Job. Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken because they were elder than he. Job 32:1-4

    Here we see the wrath of Elihu against Job because he had justified himself rather than God and Job has wrath against his three friends because they refused to answer Job. It was God indeed who had justified Job before Satan when he accused Job of serving God for the blessings. Job has a good reason to be angry, but Elihu does not, yet Job will, in the end, make intercession for his three friends before God. Then God will turn the situation of Job around for doing so. The one thing that Elihu does is waiting for Job because they were older than Job. How we would like to know the age of Job, but I thank God that he does not give us Job's age or the length of his trial. It is a blessing to know that Job will enjoy 140 years of living with his children and grandchildren after his trial is over. So we too have hope that this coronavirus pandemic that we are in the midst of will pass and God will make all things beautiful in his time.

  • #For destruction from God was a terror to me and by reason of his highness, I could not endure. If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence: If I rejoiced because my wealth was great and because my hand had gotten much; If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness; And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand: This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above. If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me or lifted up myself when evil found him: Job 31:23-29

    Job is concerned about idolatry and he said if I have made gold my hope, or have said to fine gold, Thou art my confidence: If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness: This also was an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above. We see the integrity of Job and that he indeed loved the Lord his God with all his heart, mind, and soul. He also loved his neighbor as himself, on these two are the greatest of the commandments. We too must aspire to do that, even in the midst of this coronavirus pandemic, for God has appointed an end to all suffering and pray for our fellow man who may be suffering the loss of wealth, health, and lively hood in this crisis. God will turn our suffering around as Jesus suffered for us and has ceased to suffer and is at the right hand of the Father in glory interceding for us. Having food and clothing let us, therefore, be content.

  • #I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid? For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high? Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity? Doth not he sees my ways and counts all my steps? Job 31:1-4

    l have loved reading the book of Job and this chapter is a profound chapter in the Bible for it tells a man how to please God by asking the question: I made a covenant with my eyes: why then should I think upon a maid? This tells us that God knows our hearts and our steps and we must be careful not to lust upon a woman. How David could have remembered this verse when he saw Bathsheba bathing upon her rooftop, he would not have lusted upon her and the ensuing sins of adultery and murder would not have followed. I have thought about this verse every time I see a beautiful woman and asked God to give me the strength to look away. Billy Grahm the famous evangelist said to look once is not a sin, but the second look that is. I agree with him on that and always seek not to make that second look. How many are in prison today because they took that second look and ending up committing the crime of rape. Find comfort in Psalm 119:59 I thought on my ways and turned my feet unto his commandments. When we think about the commandments of God then we will number our steps to keep the commandments.

     

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