As We Mature

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As We Mature

Just like any other good shepherd, Jesus goes ahead of His sheep, looking for rich grazing areas and fertile ground. Then He plants and cultivates rich food for them. He will take out any poisonous weeds that would hurt them, check any holes that would cause them to stumble or fall. Then he would gather the sheep, leading them to the pasture that he has prepared. (Ezekiel 34:14, 15; also see “A Shepherd Looks at the 23rd Psalm” by Phillip Keller). Jesus wants to cultivate each one of us into “rich pasture,” not for our own enjoyment, but so He can bring His “sheep” there to drink, eat, grow healthy and strong. (And all this time while you were complaining and griping, the Lord was simply pulling weeds and filling holes in your life.)

As that fruit is maturing and ripening in our life, and our words become actually His Words, we will experience that the Word of the Lord is indeed “living and active, sharper than a two-edged sword, piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” We will come to know that “there is no creature hidden from his sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” (Hebrew 4:12-13).

So whenever we fail to speak when we should, or like Elihu, speak when we should have stopped, we lose that kind of power and glory. The difference between Elihu the “interpreter,” and Elihu the “man” is obvious—like night and day.

It seems as though Elihu was wounded in some way or offended by Job’s silence. So out of his pride and self-hurt, he stops speaking for God, loses control of his sense of protocol and starts making the same charges that the others had made.

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

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