JANUARY 25 READINGS…Job 22:1-25:6.
Before we get into today’s readings we must go back to something very important that we read yesterday. As you know on weekends there is no devotional, so I want to share this from yesterday found in Job 19:25-27…“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
and he will stand upon the earth at last.
And after my body has decayed,
yet in my body I will see God!
I will see him for myself.
Yes, I will see him with my own eyes.
I am overwhelmed at the thought!”
I hope you all saw the incredible truths that Job spoke here. He speaks of his Redeemer…a reference to the coming Messiah. He spoke that Messiah would stand upon the earth. And Job spoke of his own resurrection…as after his body decay’s he will actually see the Messiah with his own eyes. These are incredible statements of faith from a man who lived in the time of the Patriarch’s. Job’s hope is our hope. Our Redeemer has come…our Redeemer redeemed us with His blood on Calvary…our Redeemer died, was buried, and rose from the grave and is alive every more…our Redeemer is coming again and every believers who has died will be raised, and every one alive, will see Him with their own eyes!
In today’s reading Eliphaz’s take his accusations against Job to the next level. He has begun to specify what particular sins he believes that Job must be guilty of. He is speaking from a place of ignorance, but none the less of great personal piety. He unloads his bag of things that Job “must” have done for God to be punishing him. The disciples did this with the man born blind…”Who sinned that he would be born blind, him or his parents?” Jesus said, “Neither, but for the glory of God.” Do we look at people who are going through hard times and assume they must have sinned? What happens when hard times hit us? Who sinned then? Could not what we go through be part of God’s great plan that brings glory to Him?
Finally, Job asks the question that has plagued mankind since creation…”Why do the wicked prosper?” The short answer is that they do…for a season. But, God is just…everyone will have their time of judgment before Him…and He will repay, He said so. Keep walking in the Holy Spirit…stay obedient to Christ in all things…trust God in the good and in the bad…know that God will fulfill every promise He has given you in Christ Jesus…and be assured that the wicked will be judged by our righteous and holy God!
Please share any insights that you have in today’s readings. Keep faithful in your time in the Word…it is our food from God. Take the words off the page and live them in obedience to God.
TOMORROW’S READINGS…Job 26:1-29:25.