A Devotional Journey
led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
In this section, Job presents a 3-part summary of his position and beliefs
: (1) in chapter 29, he reviews his former prosperity and happiness; (2) in chapter 30, he grieves over the devastating losses he has experienced – especially his loss of standing in the eyes of others; (3) in chapter 31, he reasserts, most strongly, his innocence.
Chapter 29 is dramatic and heart wrenching
for anyone who knows the story to this point. Job was blessed, was the friend of God
, was honored as wise, had children and family. He was prosperous; he was respected; he was fulfilled.
Chapter 30 is a recital of what has happened since his fall.
Friends have deserted him (including those sitting with him now); health has failed him; fears assail him. His life is disappearing before his eyes, and he has become depressed and ready for death. The poignancy of Job’s spirit is captured in 30:31: “My harp is tuned to mourning and my flute to the sound of wailing.”
Chapter 31 is both a defense of his innocence and an affirmation
of his loyalty to God as sovereign Lord of all. In a most awesome display of self-righteousness, Job signs his defense and essentially throws down the gauntlet before God to prove him guilty if He can.
Notice the spirit of Job.
He is not interested in learning from the God whose own honor and fairness could never be in doubt; rather he is interested in making a point of his own innocence. In the larger picture (which we can see from the beginning), this is entirely irrelevant as God has already affirmed that Himself (though not to Job).
As we live each day, our own tendency is to center all evaluations
of reality and its significance on our own feelings, circumstances and treatment. To do so is almost always short-sighted or lacking in overall perspective; yet we can never see enough to understand everything from our own vantage point, which is precisely
why we need to believe in and trust God’s.
Make it a point, the next time you face something you do not understand
to ask God to help you trust Him in it and follow Him through it. Then see if He does not give you the extra strength and determination you need.
Job was not forgotten by God ... neither are you!
© A. Eugene Pearson 2010