Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 7, 2016

“for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”

Today’s devotion comes from Job chapter 34.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote only the following verses.

“10 “Therefore, listen to me, you men of understanding.
Far be it from God to do wickedness,
And from the Almighty to do wrong.
11 “For He pays a man according to his work,
And makes him find it according to his way.
12 “Surely, God will not act wickedly,
And the Almighty will not pervert justice.”  Job 34:10-12.


Elihu emphasizes God’s justice in this chapter to wrongly accuse Job of sin and rebellion.  Elihu makes the deduction and inference that Job must be in sin and rebellion, because Job is suffering so much.

Although Elihu’s deduction and accusations of Job were wrong, Elihu’s general point (that God is just) is right.

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked;  for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.  For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”  Galatians 6:7-8.

“For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.”  Hebrews 6:10.

“According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it.  But each man must be careful how he builds on it.  For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident;  for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.  If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward.  If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss;  but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”  1 Corinthians 3:10-15.

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”  2 Corinthians 5:10.

Although God pays a man according to his work, which is terrrifying for the wicked, there is hope even in Elihu’s words at the end of verse 11 of today’s Scripture:  “And makes him find it according to his way.”  In other words, God makes His elect find the work that they should do according to his way.  Verse 11.

First, “… we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.

Second, God instructs us and teaches us in the way which we should go;  God counsels us with His eye upon us.  Psalm 32:8.

Third, “for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.

Fourth, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6.


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