Job’s Crucible

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Instead of His Glory there will be a fire kindled,
Like a blazing flame and it will be like when a sick man faints
.”
—Isaiah10:16-18

Job’s Crucible

In Chapter 30, Job describes in even more graphic detail the pain of his trial. Before, everyone hung on his every word. Now, even the young mock him.

It is strange how the fallen nature seems to rejoice in the downfall of someone else. When a man is truly used of God and esteemed very highly by others, there are always some who look on with jealousy and envy—even Christians—and actually seem happy to see them fall. I have seen the same attitude when the topic was a successful businessman, a religious figure, politician or coworker. When they fall, we rejoice. What about when someone wins the big jackpot in a lottery? Do we rejoice for them or deride them? Complain that we should have won it, not that person we do not even know. We should be able to rejoice to see someone else exalted, even if it means that it will be at the cost of our own humiliation. For example, we should be ecstatic if someone else wins a soul even if we don’t. Or if someone else is given the service that was once given to us, we should be glad for them. I suppose there are many ways that it could happen, and we should be excited to see someone else exalted, and disheartened to see someone who is fallen.

Job complains, “They are younger than me.” How would you react if you had been working in an area of your church, or even your job, when you have sacrificed your time, energy, and creative ideas to make it “happen”? Then some young whippersnapper comes along, full of zeal and feels he can do a better job then you. He even criticizes you for what he perceives is an apparent lack of blessing in the “vineyard” that has been entrusted to your care. Would we accept it gracefully and actually be willing to retire from the work that had been our very life?

If you are interested, you can download the whole study of Job.

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Nickolas

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