“The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
but a man is tested by what he praises.”
“The true worth of a man is to be measured by the objects he pursues.”
Job’s Story of His Past
In Chapter 29, Job talks about the honor, respect, and great wisdom that was granted to him, how he walked in the very light of God. He talked of His deep and intimate friendship with the Lord, the boundless resources he had in the Lord, almost as if all his steps had been “washed with butter,” and how the Lord caused all the hard rocks of difficulty in his path to be like “rivers of oil.” He thought of his great reputation as a true man of God and how young people feared him and “hid themselves,” perhaps thinking that he would not understand or sympathize with them, or that someone who lived so close to God would see right through them.
The aged stood up as a mark of respect and would stop talking when he walked in a room just in case he had something to say. Job’s was a joyous life of service for others which was the spontaneous outcome of a life lived in close fellowship with God. He was the resort of anyone in trouble. He had the wisdom of God, which is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy . . . without partiality or hypocrisy.
When I was much younger, one of my favorite shows was The Guns of Will Sonnet. Walter Brennan played the part of Will Sonnet and every time he said something that hinted at bragging, he stated “No brag, just fact.” Well, Job’s list of accomplishments and the descriptions of his life could seem as bragging, but in truth, he was simply giving an honest appraisal of his life and ministry. Many consider this chapter as proof of his self-righteousness and arrogance, but I disagree. He was simply stating the facts.
Take the time to consider your life with your God. Remember all the things He has done for you and through you. How has He worked to bring His nature and spirit in your life? Think back through all the years you’ve sought to honor Him and to know Him. Remember the lessons He has taught you and continue to remind yourself during the times of trials and testings.
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