“My soul is weary of my life. I will leave my complaint upon myself and I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.”
Job continues his lamentation in the presence of his three friends who have come to comfort him. He has rebuked the first two who have thought it best for him to acknowledge his guilt and sin and seek God for restoration of health, property and prosperity. He has been given to assert his confidence that this is of Jehovah God according to the good pleasure of His will and not because of anything that Job, or his children, have done. He rebukes the doctrine of ‘conditonalism’ for it alleges that God is a respecter of persons and is influenced by their actions while he confirms the sovereignty of Almighty God.
God had dispatched the ‘adversary’ (Satan) against his enemy (Job) to prove the treasure within. The means by which this was accomplished was sudden, dramatic and devastating yet the faith of Job did not fail. He had been brought to the point where his soul found his life loathsome and yet his friends continue to speak of how to make that life better. Job never complained about the sores, the pain or the discomfort that he was in for he spoke of the bitterness of his soul. His God had not only seemingly abandoned him but now he had turned His sights against Job and made him a mark for His arrows.
“Hast thou the eyes of flesh or seest thou as a man seest?” Job has continually set forth the fact that God is not a man. He does not think as a man, His purpose is not carnal and His ways are not the ways of His creation, yet it appears to Job that God is seeking out and inquiring after his depravity and inabilities as a man would. Man judges by what he sees and what he thinks he knows. Man develops likes and aversions according to experiences, opinions and fears and his arena of exposure is extremely finite. Adam likes the things of the field and he is not comfortable with the things he cannot understand. Therefore he is given to develop suspicions based upon fears and superstitions and finds great delight is suppositions and speculations.
God is not a man. His ways are far above the cumulative imagination and combined knowledge of all of Adam’s race. God has chosen the ‘foolishness’ of this world to confound the ‘wisdom’ of man and He has put it in man’s heart to continue to search out the things of this world and to speculate on the unknown. God does not keep a running tally of the things that have been done so as to get even or punish His people. He is not offended by an action or surprised by a thought word or deed of man. He has ordained from before the foundation of the world, before any good or any evil had been purposed, intended or enacted, those things that are necessary for the performance of His Holy will by His creation. He ordained such as should be lifted up and those who should be brought low. He established the times and the seasons for these events to come to pass and the exact order and manner in which they were enacted. The evens and conduct that are inscribed in the books that are opened before His great white throne have been written before man was created and all things that are done in the flesh are ordered fast and sure by His perfect will. He created man weak and rebellious, clothed him about with skin and flesh and fenced him in with bones and sinews formed from the dust of the earth. He has granted man favours and has preserved each one, righteous and wicked, for the completion of their respective assignments. The natural man does not know this but one who has been born from above has these matters hid in their heart and they know that this is of the Lord. Yet these precious truths do not encourage Job. They drive him to despair the life he has, wishing he was never born, and cause him to cry out to Jehovah God; “Are not my days few? Cease and let me alone that I may take a little comfort”.
Now the religion of the world would chide Job for this ‘belly-aching’ and immediately assign him ‘works of righteousness’ to occupy his mind and divert him from dwelling on such perceived hardships. But the Lord said that each member of the new covenant would be gathered together by the out stretched arm and a mighty hand with a pouring out of great fury in demonstration of the Kingship of God over His people. IN the day when this happens and God brings His people into His land of promise, when He brings them into the wilderness and solitary place that He has prepared for them, where He causes them to pass under the rod, there He brings them into the bond of the covenant. He purges out from among them the rebels that transgress against Him and He prevents them from ever entering into His land again and His people know that He is Lord; “And ye shall know that I am Jehovah when I shall bring you into the land of Israel (not Palestine) into the country the which I lifted up mine hand to give it unto your fathers. There shall ye remember your ways and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled and ye shall loath yourselves in your own sight for all the evils that ye have committed” (Ez. 20:43). The dispatching of the servants of the oath, those who break up the clogs, the great mighty Spirit and the refiners fire upon the servant Job is the bond of the covenant that drives the child of grace to a point of hating their works, hating their intentions and despising the life of corruption and vanity.
Job loathed his life and in the bitterness of his soul he cried out to God to leave him alone and let him find some comfort in this life before the time of his habitation was over. But what comfort was afforded him in this waste howling wilderness in which there is no water that is not bitter, no bread and no meat. He is a stranger and a sojourner in a foreign land. He does not speak the language of Canaan and he seeks a city not made with hands. He has a hope that he is not wicked and yet he knows that if he has sinned (or better stated is a sinner) that God has every right as the Righteous Judge to set His mark against him. He knows that if he is wicked that there is no hope for him and he laments his state but if he be righteous by the decree of God he will not lift his head up for the confusion that has saturated his being. Why had God become his adversary? Why has He poured him out as milk and curdled him as cheese? Was it for justice? If it were then would Job understand for he asks God to show him whereof He contends with His servant. Was it for some perversion or guilt? Then he asks God to reveal this to him and not to oppress him. And if it be because he is righteous, therein is Job confused. He does not understand the fact that for the love of God upon His children demands that He lay His hand upon them, chastening them that they lean not on their own understanding and have no confidence in the flesh. God had stripped all that away from Job and left him laying in the dust, scraping his body with a piece of pottery, abandoned by all around him. The Apostle Paul called this ‘light affliction’ when he compared it to the glory that shall be revealed when the time of this habitation is over. This was because of an everlasting love and it was for good. Now Adam is confused because this does not make sense to the natural man.
The children of hope are given to suffer for the name of Jesus. They are predestined to be conformed to the image of the Son of God in which Adam has no place. They are dwelling in vessels of earth that are temporal and that lust after the things of this world. The refiners fire removes the wood, hay and stubble and the Spirit of God leads in all truth as He causes the children to walk according to the statutes and ordinances of God. The Chaldeans are sent according to the that same love to break down the clay and this is all because of the oath and covenant of God.
“Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God” (I John3:1)
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
July 8, 2012