Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 2, 2016

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.”

Today’s devotion comes from Job chapter 5.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+5&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“19 “From six troubles He will deliver you,
Even in seven evil will not touch you.
20 “In famine He will redeem you from death,
And in war from the power of the sword.
21 “You will be hidden from the scourge of the tongue,
And you will not be afraid of violence when it comes.
22 “You will laugh at violence and famine,
And you will not be afraid of wild beasts.
23 “For you will be in league with the stones of the field,
And the beasts of the field will be at peace with you.
24 “You will know that your tent is secure,
For you will visit your abode and fear no loss.
25 “You will know also that your descendants will be many,
And your offspring as the grass of the earth.
26 “You will come to the grave in full vigor,
Like the stacking of grain in its season.
27 “Behold this;  we have investigated it, and so it is.
Hear it, and know for yourself.”  Job 5:19-27.

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Eliphaz continues to infer that Job received the suffering as punishment for doing something(s) bad, because if Job did not do something(s) bad, then God would not allow Job to suffer so much.

Scripture does not maintain that the righteous will not suffer.  Scripture maintains that the LORD will deliver him out of all of his troubles.

The following Psalm 34:17-22 is a good summary.

“17 The righteous cry, and the Lord hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones,
Not one of them is broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked,
And those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord redeems the soul of His servants,
And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.”  Psalm 34:17-22.

We may not be delivered out of our troubles as soon as we want or how we want to be delivered, but the LORD will deliver us out of all of our troubles.

In the meantime, while we wait to be delivered, the LORD comforts us and helps us to endure.  “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  Psalm 34:18.  What a great promise!  Eliphaz should have used these words to comfort Job.

We cannot determine or know how many trials we will face or how God will deliver us.  Too often, we set our hope having no more trials.  Too often, so to speak, we set our hope on receiving a check in the mail.  Very often, God uses other and often humble and unexpected means to deliver us, time and time again.

God has not let us down!  God helps us through our troubles.  Even when we think God has let us down, God helps us!  God creates, builds, and preserves our faith and shows us that He keeps His Word!  Although it may be dark for a while in the life of the righteous, “the path of the righteous is like the dawn, That shines brighter until the full day”. Proverbs 4:18.

God often helps us in unexpected and different ways so that we do not base our trust in what we expect and see.  God wants us to trust Him, no matter what we expect and see.  If we trust in just what we expect and see, such as money, then we will love and serve just what we expect and see, such as money.  However, if we trust in God, no matter what we expect and see, we will love God.

It may also help us to not be anxious, if we understand that God wants to create, build and finish our faith in Him.  How can He best do that?  God often helps us in unexpected and different ways so that we do not just trust in what we expect and see.  We just trust God to help us and get us through our troubles somehow.

Sometimes, we may think:  “Lord, I have been good. I have been doing the right things.  I have faith.  Deliver me now!”

But, then, we begin to understand that the Lord’s delivery is not dependent on how good we are or how right we are in doing the right things or how much faith we have.  We can’t treat God like a cosmic bubble gum machine and insert a coin of “good work” or “faith” and immediately receive the bubble gum of “deliverance”.

The Lord may delay delivery sometimes to allow the testing by fire of our faith:  “that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;”  1 Peter 1:7.

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