July 21, 2021

Trust in the Turmoil

Job 25–27

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Bildad Speaks: Man Cannot Be Righteous

Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:

“Dominion and fear are with God; 1
    he makes peace in his high heaven.
Is there...

Bildad Speaks: Man Cannot Be Righteous

Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:

“Dominion and fear are with God; 1
    he makes peace in his high heaven.
Is there any number to his armies?
    Upon whom does his light not arise?
How then can man be in the right before God?
    How can he who is born of woman be pure?
Behold, even the moon is not bright,
    and the stars are not pure in his eyes;
how much less man, who is a maggot,
    and the son of man, who is a worm!”

Job Replies: God's Majesty Is Unsearchable

Then Job answered and said:

“How you have helped him who has no power!
    How you have saved the arm that has no strength!
How you have counseled him who has no wisdom,
    and plentifully declared sound knowledge!
With whose help have you uttered words,
    and whose breath has come out from you?
The dead tremble
    under the waters and their inhabitants.
Sheol is naked before God, 2
    and Abaddon has no covering.
He stretches out the north over the void
    and hangs the earth on nothing.
He binds up the waters in his thick clouds,
    and the cloud is not split open under them.
He covers the face of the full moon 3
    and spreads over it his cloud.
10  He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters
    at the boundary between light and darkness.
11  The pillars of heaven tremble
    and are astounded at his rebuke.
12  By his power he stilled the sea;
    by his understanding he shattered Rahab.
13  By his wind the heavens were made fair;
    his hand pierced the fleeing serpent.
14  Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways,
    and how small a whisper do we hear of him!
    But the thunder of his power who can understand?”

Job Continues: I Will Maintain My Integrity

And Job again took up his discourse, and said:

“As God lives, who has taken away my right,
    and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,
as long as my breath is in me,
    and the spirit of God is in my nostrils,
my lips will not speak falsehood,
    and my tongue will not utter deceit.
Far be it from me to say that you are right;
    till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go;
    my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.

Let my enemy be as the wicked,
    and let him who rises up against me be as the unrighteous.
For what is the hope of the godless when God cuts him off,
    when God takes away his life?
Will God hear his cry
    when distress comes upon him?
10  Will he take delight in the Almighty?
    Will he call upon God at all times?
11  I will teach you concerning the hand of God;
    what is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
12  Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves;
    why then have you become altogether vain?

13  This is the portion of a wicked man with God,
    and the heritage that oppressors receive from the Almighty:
14  If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword,
    and his descendants have not enough bread.
15  Those who survive him the pestilence buries,
    and his widows do not weep.
16  Though he heap up silver like dust,
    and pile up clothing like clay,
17  he may pile it up, but the righteous will wear it,
    and the innocent will divide the silver.
18  He builds his house like a moth's,
    like a booth that a watchman makes.
19  He goes to bed rich, but will do so no more;
    he opens his eyes, and his wealth is gone.
20  Terrors overtake him like a flood;
    in the night a whirlwind carries him off.
21  The east wind lifts him up and he is gone;
    it sweeps him out of his place.
22  It 4 hurls at him without pity;
    he flees from its 5 power in headlong flight.
23  It claps its hands at him
    and hisses at him from its place.

Footnotes

[1] 25:2 Hebrew him
[2] 26:6 Hebrew him
[3] 26:9 Or his throne
[4] 27:22 Or He (that is, God); also verse 23
[5] 27:22 Or his; also verse 23

Trust in the Turmoil



Key Verse | Job 27:3-4

"[A]s long as my breath is in me,
and the spirit of God is in my nostrils,
my lips will not speak falsehood,
and my tongue will not utter deceit."

Bio | Krista McCoy

Hello! My name is Krista McCoy. I have been attending Watermark for about three years now. I get the joy of serving in Watermark's recovery ministry re:generation for students and the Watermark kids' ministry Training Ground. A few of my simple joys consist of camping out at a coffee shop with a good book, a long walk with a friend, and getting to meet new friends and all of their friends! When the weather is nice, you can catch me attempting to play Spike Ball with my friends who are actually playing Spike Ball (I was not gifted with athleticism). 

Central Truth

Trials can feel defeating; however, when we meditate on the character of God, we can rejoice that His ways are higher than our own. 

Devotional | Job 25–27

Job was a man who had a lot of trials. He lost his house and livestock. He lost his kids. He had sores all over his body. His friends spoke falsely about God. Like Job, we have experienced...

Job was a man who had a lot of trials. He lost his house and livestock. He lost his kids. He had sores all over his body. His friends spoke falsely about God. Like Job, we have experienced hardship, whether that's divorce, loss of a child, sickness, or even the pandemic. We all have experienced suffering, but we get to learn from Job by watching him trust in the God he knows. 

We can see in this passage that Job believed the truth of Hebrews 4:15 during his suffering. He believed that God sympathizes with His people, that He cares about our pain, and that even in our suffering God is sovereign. The pain that we feel is heavy and real, just as the pain Jesus felt when He was on the cross for our sin. The story doesn't end at Jesus' death, because three days later He rose from the dead. In His resurrection He defeated sin and death, which means that the pain we feel now is nothing compared to the eternity with the Father in heaven (Romans 8:18).

Trials are hard. It's hard to count them as joy like James 1:2 tells us, to remind ourselves of truth in trials, and to defend truth to our friends regarding our suffering. Living in a broken world, we are all bound to face some kind of grief, sickness, or pain. In these times our flesh tempts us to be angry with God, to believe the lie that He is ripping us off, or to think that He does not understand us or the pain we are feeling. Hebrews 4:15 tells us that we have a great High Priest who has felt everything we have felt. Our Heavenly Father knows suffering all too well. He sent His Son to suffer in this world and to take the suffering we deserved so that we might have life in Him.

We can rejoice in trials because God is sovereign. As we live here and are perplexed, we will not be crushed but in fact, have hope (2 Corinthians 4:8-10) because of Jesus' death and resurrection. 

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Discussion Questions

1. Who is the God you know?

2. What is your heart posture during trials?

3. Do you rest in God's sovereignty, or do you get frustrated at your limited understanding? 

4. What are some truths you can remind yourself during suffering rather than grumble about it?

6 Comments available

Linda Green 8 days ago

Wow, Krista, your devo made me thank God that we are on this side of the Cross (Hebrews 2:18). We have the example of our Savior who actually was perfect, not just thought He was, like Job seems to at times. (Not to in any way sit in judgement on Job in his unbelievable suffering that God allowed!)

Bildad’s question in Job 25:4 made me think of Jesus, the son of man as he called Himself, who is the answer.

Trying to understand what was wrong with what Bildad said, I loved this (humbling) perspective: “We may observe the irony that being maggots themselves has not in the least discouraged Bildad and his colleagues from presuming to pass judgment on their fellow maggot Job. But who are mere maggots to exercise judgment?” (Mike Mason)

Michael Scaman 8 days ago

Job’s friends are shrinking in the length of their statements. Bildad speaks like 6 verses and job still going on far longer

Job’s friends wind down, while Job keeps picking up steam.

Sue Bohlin 8 days ago

Bless you, Krista, both for your devo and for serving in re:gen for students!

The past several months I’ve been doing a deep dive into Genesis, and that means I get to read Job—probably the oldest book in the Bible—with new eyes. Learning about the ancient Near Eastern creation accounts and the pagan beliefs of the surrounding culture means I now better understand the content of these really old books. Like the references to Rahab the sea monster, which represented chaos in that world. And Job’s intriguing comment about God suspending the earth over nothing. It’s cool what we now know about the earth’s place in space (and what a perfect description of our “earth ball” hanging on nothing), but he didn’t think of the earth that way. It just adds wonderful dimension to the beauty and timelessness of God’s word.

Hugh Stephenson 9 days ago

2 of 2

Knowing He is sovereign and is ALWAYS good, kind and just brings me more easily to the point of trust, surrender and obedience,

Like Job in this passage, I see so many ways that there are still many mysteries of God that I will likely never know, (Deuteronomy 29:29). Even so, He has revealed so much of Himself to me that resting in His sovereignty has become much easier.

Hugh Stephenson 9 days ago

1 of 2

GM Krista. Love your reminder from the book of Hebrews that God is with me in all my suffering. I am taught Jesus was tempted in every way I have been. What’s more, He never succumbed. Me? Not so much…

Further, everything He asked His disciples to do He had done himself.

Servant leadership writ large.

Q1 – Love this question. The God I know is not the God I used to know. In Forgotten Fathers, (men’s abortion recovery), we do an exercise called “Mother/Father wounds”. In that, I saw how the God I knew was not the God that is. But rather, the God I imagined from experiencing my parents.

Q3 – Linking back to Q1…the God I know now is much closer to the God who is truly good, kind and just. I accept my limited understanding, but I can get fatigued in it.

Greg Jones 9 days ago

“You can catch me attempting to play Spike Ball with my friends who are actually playing Spike Ball.” lol. I’m in Broken Bow with friends. The weather is nice. My friends played Corn Hole. I threw bags at a board with a hole in it.

Q1 Who is God, in the time you know? In a way the book of Job probes that question. Job24:1 two questions are asked. Who asks questions like that? A man who has experienced what Job has experienced. Who questions those kinds of questions? Friends without Job’s perspective/experience.

My friend’s cabin is about 5000sqft a top a small mountain. WiFi is spotty on the back deck overlooking the valley. My experiences are far from those who experience Job24:8. The difference affects how I know God.

Back to 24:1, Its the frustration of God’s silence that powers Job’s right words about God.

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