Eliphaz asked if a man could benefit God by being righteous. Job's sins were great as he was accused of withholding food from the hungry, sending widows away empty-handed and breaking the strength of the fatherless. This caused snares, sudden peril and water to cover Job. He fooled himself by thinking God could not see. Evil men asked God to leave them alone even though He filled their houses with good things (Job 22:1-18). Help the defenseless in their need will prove you know God.
Submit to God and be at peace with Him so prosperity can come. Lay up His words in your heart so the Almighty becomes your gold. In this way, you will be restored, find delight in God and He will hear your prayers. What you decide will be done so light can shine on your ways. God saved the downcast when men said, "Lift them up." You would be delivered by purity (Job 22:19-30). Submit to God by laying up His words in your heart to find favor and answered prayer.
Job's complained bitterly since he did not know where to find God. He stated his case to find how God would answer. Hopefully Job would be delivered from his judge. He caught no glimpse of God wherever he went. When He tested Job, he came forth as gold. He followed God's steps and did not depart from His commands. He treasured His words more than daily bread. God does what He pleases, which terrified Job (Job 23:1-17). Treasure God's word and follow in His steps for proven character.
God did not set times to judge men for evil deeds toward others. The poor gleaned in the vineyards of the wicked with nothing to cover themselves. The groans of the dying rose from the city and wounded souls cried for help. God charged no one with wrongdoing. People rebelled against the light through murder, stealing, adultery and robbery that cursed the land. God dragged the mighty so they had no assurance of life. Their exaltation was temporary and then cut off like heads of grain (Job 24:1-25). Refuse to rebel against God so you can hear the groans of the spiritual dying and the cry for help from wounded souls.
Bildad said dominion and awe belonged to God with no one righteous before Him. Job replied sarcastically how he helped the powerless and offered advice to one without wisdom. God suspended the earth over nothing and clouds do not burst under the weight of water. His power churned up the sea, His hand pierced the gliding serpent. No one understood His power (Job 25:1-26:14). Stand in awe of God's power who suspends the earth over nothing.
Job maintained his integrity with a clear conscience. God did not listen to the cry of the godless. Job taught people the power of God and His ways instead of meaningless talk. The wicked offspring never had enough to eat with the plague killing those coming later. He laid up riches for the righteous. Terrors overtook him like a flood (Job 27:1-23). Teach people the power of God while maintaining your integrity.
Ask yourself the following questions:
1. Do you help the defenseless in their need?
2. Do you lay up God's words in your heart to find favor and answered prayer?
3. Do you treasure God's word and follow in His steps for proven character?
4. Do you refuse to rebel against God so you hear the groans of the spiritual dying and the cry for help from wounded souls?
5. Do you stand in awe of God's power?
6. Do you teach people the power of God while maintaining your integrity?