Book of Job Series: Chapters 31-36
Welcome to week seven of the Job Series! As I have stated in previous weeks, everything that I publish is what I felt God was teaching me through the text. Since I am an imperfect human, there are likely to be mistakes, so I encourage you to weigh everything I have written with Scripture, which, unlike me, is infallible. I pray this will encourage you to read more of God's Word and see more of His character :)
1. We Reap What We Sow, But in Heaven
“For what is our lot from God above, our heritage from the Almighty on high? Is it not ruin for the wicked, disaster for those who do wrong?” Job 31:2-3
Many people know the term “you reap what you sow,” but what they usually mean is good and bad karma. That just isn’t how God works and I don’t personally believe in karma because all good gifts come from our Father. God gives both “good” people and evil people good gifts, and both also go through trials, so the karma theory is debunked right there.
“That you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” Matthew 5:45
Now, what Job is saying above is definitely true, just not in the way he maybe thought it to be at first. The wicked will be in ruin, and disaster will come to those who do wrong, but not necessarily on this side of Heaven. It will come on the day of judgement when they have to answer to God for their deeds and unbelief. And although it is nice to receive gifts here on earth, it is the treasure in Heaven that we should be working toward and looking forward to.
2. God Made Us All Equal and Loves Us Equally
“Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?” Job 31:15
I know this isn’t the point Job was making, but this verse made me think. God knit each and every person on this earth in their mother’s womb. And He loves all of us unconditionally and dearly! When I keep this in mind, it is much more difficult for me to see myself as “better than” another person or for me to hate someone because I know they are God’s beloved child, just like I am.
3. Age Doesn’t Always Mean Wisdom
“So Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite said: ‘I am young in years, and you are old; that is why I was fearful, not daring to tell you what I know. I thought, ‘Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.’” Job 32:6-7
God uses people of all ages to speak, but many times it is a young person who starts a movement. And the younger we are, the more sensitive to the Spirit we are because we aren’t as aware of what other people are thinking and we haven’t learned about the disappointments in life and are still innocent. Those are just a few of my theories, anyway. So, I don’t believe God speaks to us any less than younger people, but maybe we don’t listen as much or as well because of other distractions or our desensitivity (I don’t think this is a word, but it should be) to the Spirit. And I think many young people are afraid to speak up about what they hear from God because of what Elihu said above.
4. We Should Have Friends of All Ages
I don’t have a specific verse for this, but it is made clear that Elihu is much younger than Job and his other friends. It is good to have older friends for their experience in life, good to have friends close to our age to share experiences with and that we have common interests with, and good to have younger friends to teach/mentor and also learn from. There are benefits from all sorts of friendships, and one of those benefits is that we gain more perspective and better perspective in all things. Even if our point-of-view doesn’t exactly match some of our friends’ point-of-views, it broadens our perspective and that’s how we learn from each other. We don’t have to agree on everything in order to be friends. That’s where division comes in. So, instead of parting ways because of differences, try to understand where they are coming from. And remember, it is okay to agree to disagree.
5. God Does not Do Evil
“’So listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do evil, for the Almighty to do wrong.’” Job 34:10
When bad things happen to us or to the world, there are one of two reasons. It is either because God is being just and punishing us for our sins or the enemy is wreaking havoc on our lives. Our God is a good God, and He is perfect with no evil inside of Him. Therefore, we cannot blame God for evil because it is not from Him.
6. God’s Purpose Prevails
“’God is mighty, but despises no one; he is mighty, and firm in his purpose.’”
God is mighty and there isn’t anything a single human, or any living being for that matter, can do to waver God’s plan and purpose for this world. He’s had a plan since the beginning of time, and He is unchanging. No matter what we do wrong, God can still use it for His glory and for the good of those who love Him. It gives me peace to know that I can’t screw up God’s plan (and who’s to think they are powerful enough to do that, anyway?).