Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 22, 2016

“For Your salvation I wait, O Lord.”

Today’s devotion comes from Job chapter 22.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+22&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Is not your wickedness great,
And your iniquities without end?
“For you have taken pledges of your brothers without cause,
And stripped men naked.
“To the weary you have given no water to drink,
And from the hungry you have withheld bread.
“But the earth belongs to the mighty man,
And the honorable man dwells in it.
“You have sent widows away empty,
And the strength of the orphans has been crushed.
10 “Therefore snares surround you,
And sudden dread terrifies you,
11 Or darkness, so that you cannot see,
And an abundance of water covers you.

21 “Yield now and be at peace with Him;
Thereby good will come to you.
22 “Please receive instruction from His mouth
And establish His words in your heart.
23 “If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored;
If you remove unrighteousness far from your tent,
24 And place your gold in the dust,
And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks,
25 Then the Almighty will be your gold
And choice silver to you.”  Job chapter 22:  verses 5-11 and 21-25. 

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Eliphaz, another one of Job’s friends who should have comforted Job, instead directly and sharply and repeatedly accused Job.  Eliphaz also stated directly that Job’s wickedness is the reason why Job is suffering so much.  Verses 5-11.

Furthermore, Eliphaz tried to extort a repentance from Job.  Verses 21-25.  

But, Job did not need to repent here.  Job needed to be patient and wait for the LORD.  “… But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.”  1 Peter 2:20.

We can’t treat God like a cosmic bubble gum machine and insert a coin of “repentance” or “good work” or “faith” and expect to immediately receive the bubble gum of “deliverance”.

Sometimes, 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.

“For Your salvation I wait, O Lord.”  Genesis 49:18.

“Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.”  Psalm 27:14.

20 Our soul waits for the Lord;
He is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart rejoices in Him,
Because we trust in His holy name.
22 Let Your lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us,
According as we have hoped in You.”  Psalm 33:20-22.

Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
Cease from anger and forsake wrath;
Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
For evildoers will be cut off,
But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.
10 Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more;
And you will look carefully for his place and he will not be there.
11 But the humble will inherit the land
And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.”  Psalm 37:7-11.

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