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Praise God for Rain

Although the Bible is neither a biology nor a chemistry textbook, it does reveal man's understanding of the sciences in this early age and God's rightful part in these sciences. In the discussions of Job's friends with him about the reason for his suffering are found bits of information that make us aware that these men who lived around 2,000 years before Christ were not illiterate cave men. They had an understanding of science.
In Job 36:27-28 the water cycle is clearly described, "He [God] draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams; the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind." We can add to this Ecclesiastes 1:7 which states, "All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again."
The cycle of evaporation, condensation and precipitation are evident in these words. Elihu the youngest of those who tried to get Job to admit he had sinned is…

Showing Favor

There is a boldness in those who are younger. They have not been tainted with power and position to favor those who can help them. They have an enthusiasm for truth that is refreshing.
Job had three friends that spoke with him in three rounds to try to convince him of his sin and that his present problems were the consequence of judgment upon his sin. They tried but failed to alter his belief that he was innocent. Then, there was a young man, Elihu, who had been circling them and staying in the background listening until he comes forward to speak to Job and his three friends. He is convinced that he can right the inability of the three to find Job guilty.
He does one thing right and that is he shows neither partiality to Job or to his three friends. He says, "I will show partiality to no one, nor will I flatter any man;" (Job 32:21) It is good to show partiality to no person because it always gets in the way of living righteously.The best way is to treat all persons alike; to…

Test or Temptation

The fact that God tests believers cannot be denied. Job stated, "But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold." (Job 23:10) We see in Job 1-2 that God discussed Job with Satan. Satan was given permission to afflict Job's family, possessions and his body but was not given permission to kill him.
As he dealt with his circumstances, the test of God was there for Job to consider God in it all; to keep centered on Him. And, Job did that. His righteousness was validated but because Job was human it could have been a different story. When tough times come upon a believer, is it a test or is it a temptation? The answer is it could be both. Like the two sides of a coin, test and temptation are connected.
Job was to come out as gold from the fire of the test. He was to have the dross burned off his soul and become a refined believer. His strength was bolstered by God to help him endure under the trial. Warren Wiersbe explains how God can be a pa…

Developing You

Some have viewed the Old Testament as lite on information related to the afterlife but there are statements that individuals make about our future life that are amazingly deep.
Take for instance that Job said, "I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God;" (Job 19:25-26) This idea of meeting God is also reflected in David's life at the death of his first son by Bathsheba when he said, "I will go to him, but he will not return to me." (2 Samuel 12:23)
Think of this, Job is aware of his personal Redeemer and that he is not dead but lives. He is also aware of a final time when that Redeemer will "stand upon the earth." Job is also saying that he will "see God" in his flesh although "my skin has been destroyed." Plus, David's assurance that he would see his dead child when he himself passed on.
These truths which we still hold to…

Clear Declarations

When friends come to you in your times of trouble and end up condemning you rather than comforting you, what should be your response? Most of us will be discouraged even more but Job offers an alternative.
Job had three friends that surrounded him and tried to convince him that he must have sinned in order to receive the punishment of losing his children, his possessions, and his health. Job however continued to assert that he was not guilty of any sin. So, he told his three friends that he would go to God and ask Him for evidence of his sin.
At this moment Job used a well repeated phrase that we have a tendency to misapply, he said, "Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him [trust Him];" (Job 13:15a) When there is a need for a Bible reference to declare our unswerving faith in God this is the verse some of us use but understanding it in its context shows a different meaning to it.
Job was in the depths of physical pain, psychological despair, social rejection, and spiritual…

Assumption

Job's three friends come to comfort him but when they listen to the words of Job they feel "obliged" to convince him of his sin. They believe that if you are in pain or have loss you are being judged by God for sin in your life. If you are not successful then you must be sinful. This is a false assumption.
Bildad suggests that, "If you will look to God and plead with the Almighty, if you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf and restore you to your rightful place. Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be." (Job 8:5-7)
Wow, what an assumption. This is like saying that God is your prosperity genie and if you are righteous all you have to do is just request of Him what you want and He is obligated to provide it. It is important to remember at this point who is God and who is the dust He has breathed the breath of life into.
Certainly believers experience as much pain as unbelievers do and there are some very &q…