Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 5, 2016

“So are the paths of all who forget God; And the hope of the godless will perish, Whose confidence is fragile, And whose trust a spider’s web.”

Today’s devotion comes from Job chapter 8.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+8&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“11 “Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh?
Can the rushes grow without water?
12 “While it is still green and not cut down,
Yet it withers before any other plant.
13 “So are the paths of all who forget God;
And the hope of the godless will perish,
14 Whose confidence is fragile,
And whose trust a spider’s web.
15 “He trusts in his house, but it does not stand;
He holds fast to it, but it does not endure.
16 “He thrives before the sun,
And his shoots spread out over his garden.
17 “His roots wrap around a rock pile,
He grasps a house of stones.
18 “If he is removed from his place,
Then it will deny him, saying, ‘I never saw you.’”  Job 8:11-18.

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Although Bildad, like Eliphaz, wrongly inferred that God was punishing Job for something bad that Job did, there is general truth in his statement that the hope of the godless will perish.  “So are the paths of all who forget God;  And the hope of the godless will perish, Whose confidence is fragile,  And whose trust a spider’s web.”  Verses 13-14.

“4 … You have sat on the throne judging righteously.
5 You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked;
You have blotted out their name forever and ever.
6  The enemy has come to an end in perpetual ruins,
And You have uprooted the cities;
The very memory of them has perished.”  Psalm 9:5-6.

“… the wicked will perish;
And the enemies of the Lord will be like the glory of the pastures,
They vanish—like smoke they vanish away.”  Psalm 37:20.

As Bildad points out in verses 15-18, the wicked may appear to temporarily prosper (“He thrives before the sun, And his shoots spread out over his garden.” verse 16), but his house will not endure.  The wicked grasps at security (“His roots wrap around a rock pile, He grasps a house of stones.” verse 17), but he will soon be removed and forgotten.

The following Psalm 37:35-40 has a similar theme and figurative description of how the wicked may appear to temporarily prosper but passes away, and this Scripture adds the sharp contrast of how the righteous are saved.

“35 I have seen a wicked, violent man
Spreading himself like a luxuriant tree in its native soil.
36 Then he passed away, and lo, he was no more;
I sought for him, but he could not be found.
37 Mark the blameless man, and behold the upright;
For the man of peace will have a posterity.
38 But transgressors will be altogether destroyed;
The posterity of the wicked will be cut off.
39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
He is their strength in time of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and delivers them;
He delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
Because they take refuge in Him.”  Psalm 37:40.

No one (or few) intends to forget God.  But, we are tempted to trust ourselves, rather than to trust God.   We have the right financial retirement savings number.  We have the right health weight.  Our children are all doing well.  We have it all and are proud and we forget about God. 
 
Although such trust may appear as beautiful and enticing as a spider’s web, such trust is also as weak as a spider’s web. 

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