God Speaks To Job Through James

When you read the Book of Job, you might conclude he was going through a period of Manic Depression.  The Scriptures reveal that Job was entertaining a number of ‘voices’ and ‘ill emotions’ in his head.  In his confusion, he questioned God’s superiority, His wisdom, His compassion and His love for godly people. You are invited to meditate on the conversation below to see how God dispelled Job’s anxieties though the wisdom of James. (Because  for many people, according to a quote from the poem “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes; ‘…life for me ain’t been no crystal stair’.)

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MY BRETHREN, COUNT IT ALL JOY WHEN YOU FALL INTO VARIOUS TRIALS,     James 1:2

[Job, I know you are not feeling well, but, do you recall when Eliphaz said,] …Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.                                                                                             Job 5:17

KNOWING THAT THE TESTING OF YOUR FAITH PRODUCES PATIENCE.                James 1:3

[Well, Eliphaz said that after your calamity came upon you, you declared that you wished you were dead, for you said,] …There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary are at rest.                                                                                             Job 3:17

BUT LET PATIENCE HAVE ITS PERFECT WORK, THAT YOU MAY BE PERFECT AND COMPLETE, LACKING NOTHING.                                                                                   James 1:4

[But from the very beginning, Job, you kept declaring how righteous you were and that there was no advantage to be gained if you were cleansed from your sin.]                                                                                                                                                            Job 35:3

[I was right there when you said,] …Though he slay me, yet will I trust him.  Even so, I will defend my own ways before him.                                                                    Job 13:15

IF ANY OF YOU LACKS WISDOM, LET HIM ASK OF GOD, WHO GIVES TO ALL LIBERALLY AND WITHOUT REPROACH, AND IT WILL BE GIVEN TO HIM.                               James 1:5

[Honestly, Job, you should not have added that last part about defending your own ways, for you have spoken] …without knowledge, and your words were without wisdom.                                                                                                                              Job 34:35

BUT LET HIM ASK IN FAITH, WITH NO DOUBTING, FOR HE WHO DOUBTS IS LIKE A WAVE OF THE SEA DRIVEN AND TOSSED BY THE WIND.                                      James 1:6

[Our true friend Elihu (a messenger from God) suggested the manner in which you should have prayed, remember] …For has anyone said to God, ‘I have borne chastening; I will offend no more; teach me what I do not see;’            Job 35:31, 32a                                                                 

BLESSED IS THE MAN WHO ENDURES TEMPTATION; FOR WHEN HE HAS BEEN APPROVED, HE WILL RECEIVE THE CROWN OF LIFE WHICH THE LORD HAS PROMISED TO THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.                                                                                        James 1:12

[Job, stop that]…Do not desire the night,… [For people that are in darkness are cut off.  Shhhh,] …Lest he take you away with one blow.  [Then a Great ransom (Jesus) cannot deliver you and you will not receive the crown of life.]       Job 36:20; 33:24b 

SO THEN, MY BELOVED BRETHREN, LET EVERY MAN BE SWIFT TO HEAR, SLOW TO SPEAK, SLOW TO WRATH;                                                                                           James 1:19

[Oh, good, Job!  You have calmed down.  You have repented to God by declaring,] …Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer you?  I lay my hand over my mouth.  Job 40:4

THEREFORE LAY ASIDE ALL FILTHINESS AND OVERFLOW OF WICKEDNESS, AND RECEIVE WITH MEEKNESS THE IMPLANTED WORD, WHICH IS ABLE TO SAVE YOUR SOULS.                                                                                                                                James 1:21

Then Job answered the Lord and said:  I know that you can do everything, and that no purpose of yours can be withheld from you.                                                 Job 42:1, 2

[Further, I receive with all meekness the engrafted word.  For my own words were hollow without understanding and knowledge]                                                  

Therefore, I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.                                                                                                      Job 42:3

IF ANYONE AMONG YOU THINKS HE IS RELIGIOUS, AND DOES NOT BRIDLE HIS TONGUE BUT DECEIVES HIS OWN HEART, THIS ONE’S RELIGION IS USELESS.  James 1:26

[Oh, Job, how wonderful our God is!  For after you repented in dust and ashes and bridled your tongue and harnessed your deceitful thoughts, the Bible says] …And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends.  Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.   [Amen ]                                                        Job 42:10 

Scripture Reference  “And a servant (manager) of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth.”    2 Timothy 2:24, 25                                                                                

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