Job 11 & 12
Could You Be at Risk?
Certain sins are easily caught from others. Could there be people in your life whose friendship is a danger to your walk with God?
“Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man do not go, lest you learn his ways and set a snare for your soul” (vss. 24-25).
Anger is one; so are gossip, cursing, and other sins, especially those of the tongue. If you hang around people who practice those things, you will become less and less bothered by them and eventually begin to join in.
“Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company corrupts good morals’ ” (1 Cor. 15.33).
Jesus said we’re to live in the world, but not be of it (Jn. 17.14-15). And the Apostle Paul warned us about being closely associated with unbelievers.
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? (2 Cor. 6.14).
So while we are to have relationships with people outside the faith and use those opportunities to be salt and light, they should not be our closest friends and partners.
But it can be just as dangerous, maybe more so, to hang around with professing believers who act like the world!
9 I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. 10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person (1 Cor. 5.9-11).
God, certainly calls us to try to reach our sinning brothers and sisters (Gal. 6.1-2; Heb. 3.13), but if there is no repentance we’re aren’t to continue acting as if it’s no big deal.
Today’s Other Readings:
Job 11 & 12:
Love Believes the Best
Now it’s Zophar’s turn to speak to Job about his troubles. He can’t believe what he is hearing. He is sure that Job is guilty of some serious sin, so he rebukes him sharply.
While Job agrees with Zophar’s assessment of God’s wisdom, power and sovereignty and he doesn’t claim to be perfect, he strongly condemns his simplistic conclusion.
We, too, need to be careful about jumping to conclusions about others. Whenever possible we should give others the benefit of the doubt (1 Cor. 13.7) and let love cover as much as possible (1 Pet. 4.8). Even when we do need to reprove someone as we talked about in our Proverbs reading, we should do so in a spirit of gentleness continually looking to ourselves lest we also be tempted (Gal. 6.1-2).
Vengeance Belongs to God Alone
Verse 1a, “O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongs …” In the New Testament, Paul warned us to not take vengeance into our own hands, but to leave room for the wrath of God (Rom. 12.19). God, who is perfectly just and perfectly holy, is the only one who truly knows a man’s heart and the degree of justice that is needed.
Zeal without Knowledge
There are a number of well-known passages in chapter 10. Many of us use this chapter when sharing the Gospel with unbelievers, especially verses 9, 10 & 13 where Paul explains that we must “confess”—that is to agree with God—that Jesus is who He said He is—“Lord”—Master, Ruler, Sovereign Lord—and that He did what He said He did—lived a sinless life, died for our sins and was “raised from the dead.”
Salvation results when we come to the point of understanding our utter sinfulness and the impossibility of doing anything to save ourselves and when we cry out to Him to save us for “all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved” (v. 13).
There is no “magic” in the words of some specific prayer, but when a recognition of Jesus as Lord and the reality of our need for a Savior are expressed to God through prayer, He answers and saves us. Hallelujah!
You might pray something like this:
Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I believe you came and lived a sinless life, yet you willingly died on the cross as payment for my sins. I also believe that you rose again and are now seated at the right hand of the Father. Lord Jesus, I repent of my sins and ask you to forgive and cleanse me. Fill me with your Spirit and help me to live a life that is pleasing to you. I ask this in Your name, amen.
Praying for Others
You can also turn verses 1-3 into a prayer for your unsaved loved ones.
My heart’s desire and prayer for ___________ is that they may be saved. Though they have a zeal for You God, it’s not according to knowledge. Being ignorant of Your righteousness they have tried to establish their own through good works or religion. Lord, please open their spiritual eyes and help them see the truth. In Jesus name, amen.
I strongly believe in praying the Scriptures. God says that His Word does not return void, but accomplishes His purposes (Is. 55.11). A powerful book on that subject is Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney.
Professor Whitney addresses the almost universal problem we experience with prayer, a general dissatisfaction with the quality and quantity of our prayers. He says that all believers can have a meaningful and satisfying prayer life by learning to pray from Scripture, especially the Psalms. It is a quick read, but one of the most helpful books on prayer that I’ve read.
In the next few days, we’ll look at how to be a good comforter, our impossible calling as believers, and how speeding tickets relate to spiritual maturity. Be sure to sign up so you won’t miss any of these upcoming posts.
God bless you all,
More about Praying the Bible:
When you pray, does it ever feel like you’re just saying the same old things about the same old things?
Offering us the encouragement and the practical advice we’re all looking for, Donald S. Whitney—bestselling author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life—outlines an easy-to-grasp method that has the power to transform our prayer life: praying the words of Scripture.
Simple, yet profound, Praying the Bible will prove invaluable as you seek to commune with your heavenly Father in prayer each and every day.
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