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Am I On the Right Path? Job 33:13-22; 36:8-12 July 07, 2013
Do you know people who have experienced suffering but all through the suffering proved that God led them through this difficult time? When I knew of people experiencing things like that; it was sad some self righteous people made judgements about them and caused unnecessary harm. The injured people could and did
ask, Am I On The Right Path? The people I knew could answer, Yes!
1. Am I On the Right Path To . . Receive God’s Revelation? Job 33:13-16
A. Receive God’s Revelation As He . . Speaks. v 13-14
13 Why do you take Him to court for not answering anything a person asks?
14 For God speaks time and again, but a person may not notice it.
B. Receive God’s Revelation As You . . Slumber. v 15-16
15 In a dream, a vision in the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber on their beds,
16 He uncovers their ears at that time and terrifies them with warnings,
Of all the suffering Job went through how much did the friends add to it? In one sense they may have been the most difficult to put up with. Elihu now comes on the scene and wants to correct Job and speak for God.
He gives a total of four speeches. He infers Job did not listen as God speaks or he would know what God wanted to accomplish. He states that God speaks in the middle of the night and might even wake a person up as He, “uncovers their ears.” When you are a godly man like Job and know you are a righteous man this must be difficult to handle.
2. Am I On the Right Path To . . Recognize God’s Reasons? Job 33:17-22
A. Recognize God’s Reasons Through His . . Discipline. v 17-19
17 in order to turn a person from his actions and suppress his pride.
18 God spares his soul from the Pit, his life from crossing the river of death.
19 A person may be disciplined on his bed with pain and constant distress in his bones,
B. Recognize God’s Reasons Through His . . Drawing You Near the Pit. v 20-22
20 so that he detests bread, and his soul despises his favorite food.
21 His flesh wastes away to nothing, and his unseen bones stick out.
22 He draws near the Pit, and his life to the executioners. HCSB
What Elihu shared may have presented some generally true statements. God may work this way in a person’s life but the general statements did not pertain to Job. God may use discipline to teach one of His children. I am sure Job wondered about this thought and may have used it on his own children. Did you ever know someone who was literally wasting away from the discipline of sin in his/her life and the refusal to repent? In a lesser case with some similarities; have you seen a person dying of lung cancer refusing to quit smoking but all the time knowing why he/she was coughing to death with ever cough. The case with Job simple illustrates how God might use one of His children to teach all of us about His use of Satan but his power
3. Am I On the Right Path To . . Respond to God’s Refining? Job 36:8-12
A. Respond to God’s Refining Through . . Repentance. v 8-10
8 If people are bound with chains and trapped by the cords of affliction,
9 God tells them what they have done and how arrogantly they have transgressed.
10 He opens their ears to correction and insists they repent from iniquity.
B. Respond to God’s Refining Or . . Reap the Consequences. v 11-12
11 If they serve Him obediently, they will end their days in prosperity and their years in happiness.
12 But if they do not obey, they will cross the river of death and die without knowledge.
Elihu wanted Job to repent and admit his arrogant refusal of not repenting. Have you ever set your self up as a judge and told someone there is a need for repentance. I think anyone who does that needs Biblical backing for such an accusation. If a person needs to repent God certainly will give the conviction and lead to an obvious knowledge of that fact. Our entire nation needs to experience a revival with a display of sweeping repentance. It is good for all of us to ask Am I On the Right Path? But most people will not do that just because some human makes a speech about the need for repentance. Amen? Amen!