July 20, 2021

Lacking Nothing 

Job 20–24

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Zophar Speaks: The Wicked Will Suffer

Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:

“Therefore my thoughts answer me,
    because of my haste within me.
I hear censure...

Zophar Speaks: The Wicked Will Suffer

Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:

“Therefore my thoughts answer me,
    because of my haste within me.
I hear censure that insults me,
    and out of my understanding a spirit answers me.
Do you not know this from of old,
    since man was placed on earth,
that the exulting of the wicked is short,
    and the joy of the godless but for a moment?
Though his height mount up to the heavens,
    and his head reach to the clouds,
he will perish forever like his own dung;
    those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’
He will fly away like a dream and not be found;
    he will be chased away like a vision of the night.
The eye that saw him will see him no more,
    nor will his place any more behold him.
10  His children will seek the favor of the poor,
    and his hands will give back his wealth.
11  His bones are full of his youthful vigor,
    but it will lie down with him in the dust.

12  Though evil is sweet in his mouth,
    though he hides it under his tongue,
13  though he is loath to let it go
    and holds it in his mouth,
14  yet his food is turned in his stomach;
    it is the venom of cobras within him.
15  He swallows down riches and vomits them up again;
    God casts them out of his belly.
16  He will suck the poison of cobras;
    the tongue of a viper will kill him.
17  He will not look upon the rivers,
    the streams flowing with honey and curds.
18  He will give back the fruit of his toil
    and will not swallow it down;
from the profit of his trading
    he will get no enjoyment.
19  For he has crushed and abandoned the poor;
    he has seized a house that he did not build.

20  Because he knew no contentment in his belly,
    he will not let anything in which he delights escape him.
21  There was nothing left after he had eaten;
    therefore his prosperity will not endure.
22  In the fullness of his sufficiency he will be in distress;
    the hand of everyone in misery will come against him.
23  To fill his belly to the full,
    God 1 will send his burning anger against him
    and rain it upon him into his body.
24  He will flee from an iron weapon;
    a bronze arrow will strike him through.
25  It is drawn forth and comes out of his body;
    the glittering point comes out of his gallbladder;
    terrors come upon him.
26  Utter darkness is laid up for his treasures;
    a fire not fanned will devour him;
    what is left in his tent will be consumed.
27  The heavens will reveal his iniquity,
    and the earth will rise up against him.
28  The possessions of his house will be carried away,
    dragged off in the day of God's 2 wrath.
29  This is the wicked man's portion from God,
    the heritage decreed for him by God.”

Job Replies: The Wicked Do Prosper

Then Job answered and said:

“Keep listening to my words,
    and let this be your comfort.
Bear with me, and I will speak,
    and after I have spoken, mock on.
As for me, is my complaint against man?
    Why should I not be impatient?
Look at me and be appalled,
    and lay your hand over your mouth.
When I remember, I am dismayed,
    and shuddering seizes my flesh.
Why do the wicked live,
    reach old age, and grow mighty in power?
Their offspring are established in their presence,
    and their descendants before their eyes.
Their houses are safe from fear,
    and no rod of God is upon them.
10  Their bull breeds without fail;
    their cow calves and does not miscarry.
11  They send out their little boys like a flock,
    and their children dance.
12  They sing to the tambourine and the lyre
    and rejoice to the sound of the pipe.
13  They spend their days in prosperity,
    and in peace they go down to Sheol.
14  They say to God, ‘Depart from us!
    We do not desire the knowledge of your ways.
15  What is the Almighty, that we should serve him?
    And what profit do we get if we pray to him?’
16  Behold, is not their prosperity in their hand?
    The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

17  How often is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out?
    That their calamity comes upon them?
    That God 3 distributes pains in his anger?
18  That they are like straw before the wind,
    and like chaff that the storm carries away?
19  You say, ‘God stores up their iniquity for their children.’
    Let him pay it out to them, that they may know it.
20  Let their own eyes see their destruction,
    and let them drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21  For what do they care for their houses after them,
    when the number of their months is cut off?
22  Will any teach God knowledge,
    seeing that he judges those who are on high?
23  One dies in his full vigor,
    being wholly at ease and secure,
24  his pails 4 full of milk
    and the marrow of his bones moist.
25  Another dies in bitterness of soul,
    never having tasted of prosperity.
26  They lie down alike in the dust,
    and the worms cover them.

27  Behold, I know your thoughts
    and your schemes to wrong me.
28  For you say, ‘Where is the house of the prince?
    Where is the tent in which the wicked lived?’
29  Have you not asked those who travel the roads,
    and do you not accept their testimony
30  that the evil man is spared in the day of calamity,
    that he is rescued in the day of wrath?
31  Who declares his way to his face,
    and who repays him for what he has done?
32  When he is carried to the grave,
    watch is kept over his tomb.
33  The clods of the valley are sweet to him;
    all mankind follows after him,
    and those who go before him are innumerable.
34  How then will you comfort me with empty nothings?
    There is nothing left of your answers but falsehood.”

Eliphaz Speaks: Job's Wickedness Is Great

Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:

“Can a man be profitable to God?
    Surely he who is wise is profitable to himself.
Is it any pleasure to the Almighty if you are in the right,
    or is it gain to him if you make your ways blameless?
Is it for your fear of him that he reproves you
    and enters into judgment with you?
Is not your evil abundant?
    There is no end to your iniquities.
For you have exacted pledges of your brothers for nothing
    and stripped the naked of their clothing.
You have given no water to the weary to drink,
    and you have withheld bread from the hungry.
The man with power possessed the land,
    and the favored man lived in it.
You have sent widows away empty,
    and the arms of the fatherless were crushed.
10  Therefore snares are all around you,
    and sudden terror overwhelms you,
11  or darkness, so that you cannot see,
    and a flood of water covers you.

12  Is not God high in the heavens?
    See the highest stars, how lofty they are!
13  But you say, ‘What does God know?
    Can he judge through the deep darkness?
14  Thick clouds veil him, so that he does not see,
    and he walks on the vault of heaven.’
15  Will you keep to the old way
    that wicked men have trod?
16  They were snatched away before their time;
    their foundation was washed away. 5
17  They said to God, ‘Depart from us,’
    and ‘What can the Almighty do to us?’ 6
18  Yet he filled their houses with good things—
    but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19  The righteous see it and are glad;
    the innocent one mocks at them,
20  saying, ‘Surely our adversaries are cut off,
    and what they left the fire has consumed.’

21  Agree with God, and be at peace;
    thereby good will come to you.
22  Receive instruction from his mouth,
    and lay up his words in your heart.
23  If you return to the Almighty you will be built up;
    if you remove injustice far from your tents,
24  if you lay gold in the dust,
    and gold of Ophir among the stones of the torrent-bed,
25  then the Almighty will be your gold
    and your precious silver.
26  For then you will delight yourself in the Almighty
    and lift up your face to God.
27  You will make your prayer to him, and he will hear you,
    and you will pay your vows.
28  You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you,
    and light will shine on your ways.
29  For when they are humbled you say, ‘It is because of pride’; 7
    but he saves the lowly.
30  He delivers even the one who is not innocent,
    who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”

Job Replies: Where Is God?

Then Job answered and said:

“Today also my complaint is bitter; 8
    my hand is heavy on account of my groaning.
Oh, that I knew where I might find him,
    that I might come even to his seat!
I would lay my case before him
    and fill my mouth with arguments.
I would know what he would answer me
    and understand what he would say to me.
Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power?
    No; he would pay attention to me.
There an upright man could argue with him,
    and I would be acquitted forever by my judge.

Behold, I go forward, but he is not there,
    and backward, but I do not perceive him;
on the left hand when he is working, I do not behold him;
    he turns to the right hand, but I do not see him.
10  But he knows the way that I take;
    when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.
11  My foot has held fast to his steps;
    I have kept his way and have not turned aside.
12  I have not departed from the commandment of his lips;
    I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.
13  But he is unchangeable, 9 and who can turn him back?
    What he desires, that he does.
14  For he will complete what he appoints for me,
    and many such things are in his mind.
15  Therefore I am terrified at his presence;
    when I consider, I am in dread of him.
16  God has made my heart faint;
    the Almighty has terrified me;
17  yet I am not silenced because of the darkness,
    nor because thick darkness covers my face.

Why are not times of judgment kept by the Almighty,
    and why do those who know him never see his days?
Some move landmarks;
    they seize flocks and pasture them.
They drive away the donkey of the fatherless;
    they take the widow's ox for a pledge.
They thrust the poor off the road;
    the poor of the earth all hide themselves.
Behold, like wild donkeys in the desert
    the poor 10 go out to their toil, seeking game;
    the wasteland yields food for their children.
They gather their 11 fodder in the field,
    and they glean the vineyard of the wicked man.
They lie all night naked, without clothing,
    and have no covering in the cold.
They are wet with the rain of the mountains
    and cling to the rock for lack of shelter.
(There are those who snatch the fatherless child from the breast,
    and they take a pledge against the poor.)
10  They go about naked, without clothing;
    hungry, they carry the sheaves;
11  among the olive rows of the wicked 12 they make oil;
    they tread the winepresses, but suffer thirst.
12  From out of the city the dying 13 groan,
    and the soul of the wounded cries for help;
    yet God charges no one with wrong.

13  There are those who rebel against the light,
    who are not acquainted with its ways,
    and do not stay in its paths.
14  The murderer rises before it is light,
    that he may kill the poor and needy,
    and in the night he is like a thief.
15  The eye of the adulterer also waits for the twilight,
    saying, ‘No eye will see me’;
    and he veils his face.
16  In the dark they dig through houses;
    by day they shut themselves up;
    they do not know the light.
17  For deep darkness is morning to all of them;
    for they are friends with the terrors of deep darkness.

18  You say, ‘Swift are they on the face of the waters;
    their portion is cursed in the land;
    no treader turns toward their vineyards.
19  Drought and heat snatch away the snow waters;
    so does Sheol those who have sinned.
20  The womb forgets them;
    the worm finds them sweet;
they are no longer remembered,
    so wickedness is broken like a tree.’

21  They wrong the barren, childless woman,
    and do no good to the widow.
22  Yet God 14 prolongs the life of the mighty by his power;
    they rise up when they despair of life.
23  He gives them security, and they are supported,
    and his eyes are upon their ways.
24  They are exalted a little while, and then are gone;
    they are brought low and gathered up like all others;
    they are cut off like the heads of grain.
25  If it is not so, who will prove me a liar
    and show that there is nothing in what I say?”

Footnotes

[1] 20:23 Hebrew he
[2] 20:28 Hebrew his
[3] 21:17 Hebrew he
[4] 21:24 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
[5] 22:16 Or their foundation was poured out as a stream (or river)
[6] 22:17 Hebrew them
[7] 22:29 Or you say, ‘It is exaltation’
[8] 23:2 Or defiant
[9] 23:13 Or one
[10] 24:5 Hebrew they
[11] 24:6 Hebrew his
[12] 24:11 Hebrew their olive rows
[13] 24:12 Or the men
[14] 24:22 Hebrew he

Lacking Nothing 



Key Verse | Job 23:13-14

"But he is unchangeable, and who can turn him back?
What he desires, that he does.
For he will complete what he appoints for me,
and many such things are in his mind."

Bio | Vanessa Reyes

Hi, I'm Vanessa Reyes! I get to serve alongside other devoted followers of Christ at The Nine, Watermark's college ministry. I also have the privilege of serving with the kid's team on Sunday mornings!

I have lived in the Dallas area all my life, but it wasn't until two years ago that I got to come and see what the Lord was doing at this church. Funny story actually: I met a super cool dude on a plane going to the Passion Conference, and he invited me to come check out the college ministry. Now I'm here writing a devotional!

Central Truth

The God of the Bible is the same God we hear about today. His desires are far greater than our own, and He knows us better than we know ourselves. The Lord completes every good work in us and will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 

Devotional | Job 20–24

I recently met a guy who called himself rich. A friend and I tried sharing the gospel with him, but the man decided that he didn't need Jesus because he was rich. That might have seemed true...

I recently met a guy who called himself rich. A friend and I tried sharing the gospel with him, but the man decided that he didn't need Jesus because he was rich. That might have seemed true to him, but it was a false thinking that his riches on earth were better than God's in heaven. 

Job, having lost everything, still praised God because he lacked nothing. The sin or even riches that once looked good will only leave us feeling sick. (Job 20:15-16) Instead of waiting for God's perfect timing, it is in our nature to take the quick solutions and pleasures right in front of us. But anything that doesn't come from God will not endure or last. (Job 20:20-23)

Just like the rich guy I met, I can sometimes question how I can benefit from following God. I sometimes think I have everything I need. But in reality, I am not in control of what I attain or keep. (Job 21:15-16) We might choose to live desiring to be wealthy. Or we might actually be wealthy and think we have it all. But, at the end of the day, whether we die rich or poor, our bodies all end up in the same place: the dust. (Job 21:23-26)

We are called to trust God with all of our hearts. Once we do that, we will have a peace that surpasses all understanding. (Job 22:21) Just like Job, we can live knowing we lack nothing when we lift our faces up to God. (Job 22:25-26) Job wasn't perfect, and neither are we. Sometimes I can think "if only" thoughts, but in reality I could never understand His thoughts. (Job 23: 3-5) God knows us better than we know ourselves, and He completes "what he appoints for [us]" (Job 23:14). I hope you caught that—He completes, we do not.

There will be change in our lives, and nothing that changes here on earth will change the fact that we are His. No one, not even the enemy, can pluck us from God's hands. (John 10:28)

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Discussion Questions

1. Do you hold the possessions you attain with open hands?

2. Do you find your identity in your riches or possessions?

3. How would you respond if God took every worldly thing from you tomorrow? 

4. How are you doing in trusting in the Lord's timing? What are the quick solutions you run to instead of running to God?

8 Comments available

Michael Scaman 4 months ago

Job and his friends are like the scene of an intervention, but one where the wheels came off the bus.

Jobs friends suggest his children died because of Job’s wickedness… not great counceling

Job shows us that even a proverbial wise and blameless man like Job can suffer, paving the way for the possiblity that even the righteous Messiah might suffer.

Linda Green 4 months ago

Convicting questions, Vanessa! And love your bio story- no coincidences in God’s economy.

Job so clearly sees that God has allowed what he is going through. There is a fine line between blaming God and seeing that He has allowed suffering and heartache. But like what was pointed out yesterday, God can handle our ugly prayers.

Job’s friends had bits and pieces of truth about God, and I find myself nodding yes! But then they veer off with the idea you get what you deserve in this life.

They were actually Prosperity Gospel preachers! They tried to convince Job that good people always prosper when God is pleased with their behavior. Part of me wants to believe that too, except when I sin and God shows me mercy I don’t deserve. Over and over.

Michael Scaman 4 months ago

The writers of the Psalms go along much more with Job’s words here than his frieds

The Psalm writiers speak of why do the wicked prosper while the righteous sometimes suffers, how long will be be before you act. take your hands out of your pockets God!!!

Sue Bohlin 4 months ago

Thanks for your devo, Vanessa.

Today’s reading was a good reminder that the Bible has several genres of literature within it, and we need to understand what we’re reading. Job is wisdom literature, featuring speeches of people who spout their beliefs from an incomplete perspective. It’s a good reminder to always choose humility because we don’t know what WE don’t know about the things we think!

Poor Job. From his perspective, and according to his feelings, God had abandoned him–but we know from other places in scripture that He promises, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” Our perspectives and our feelings don’t change true reality. (See also, “My God my God, why have you forsaken me?”)

Hugh Stephenson 4 months ago

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Q4 – Timing. I embrace God’s timing but at the same time I chafe. Why cant my unsaved children get saved? Why can’t I have grandchildren now? How long do I have to pray each day, “What’s next?”

God seems to answer all these questions by saying, “Be patient. I have something better for you.”. That has always been true.

Hugh Stephenson 4 months ago

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GM Vanessa. Love your bio. It seems like most of us came to Watermark from invitation. Great devo in summarizing the whole chapter.

Q1 - I love the idea of living life “palms up”.

Years ago, there was a popular book called, “When all you ever wanted is not enough”.

Like many of us, I could have written that book, as could Job.

Q2 – Not as true as it used to be but not false either.

Q3 – Ah yes. The key question. Its easy to say that “In Christ alone my hope is found”. Like many, I don’t really want to find out. In discussing this subject a few years ago with some friends, one of them leaned in, literally, and asked, “Is God enough…or what?’

I hesitated. Which gave me my own answer.

Greg Jones 4 months ago

1/1 The first two chapters of Job are written in prose. The last ten verses of chapter 42 are written in prose. The 39 chapters in between are written as poetry. Most evangelicals along with some fundamentalist Christian denominations consider Job a historical person and his account recorded history. Judaism and all other Christian denominations read Job the way we would read a parable or maybe a Psalm.

“I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has…My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly.(Job42:7-8)

Greg Jones 4 months ago

2/2 Those verses put the words of Job and his friends into context. Non-evangelicals might raise their eyebrows at the verses cited today used to establish points. If they read Paul and other NT writers more carefully they might discover those writers doing the same thing concerning taking scripture out of context while making a point.

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