Daily Devotional Friday 17th September 2021by William Moody
Job’s Summary Defense
29:1 And Job again took up his discourse, and said:
2 “Oh, that I were as in the months of old,
as in the days when God watched over me,
3 when his lamp shone upon my head,
and by his light I walked through darkness,
4 as I was in my prime,1
when the friendship of God was upon my tent,
5 when the Almighty was yet with me,
when my children were all around me,
6 when my steps were washed with butter,
and the rock poured out for me streams of oil!
7 When I went out to the gate of the city,
when I prepared my seat in the square,
8 the young men saw me and withdrew,
and the aged rose and stood;
9 the princes refrained from talking
and laid their hand on their mouth;
10 the voice of the nobles was hushed,
and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.
11 When the ear heard, it called me blessed,
and when the eye saw, it approved,
12 because I delivered the poor who cried for help,
and the fatherless who had none to help him.
13 The blessing of him who was about to perish came upon me,
and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me;
my justice was like a robe and a turban.
15 I was eyes to the blind
and feet to the lame.
16 I was a father to the needy,
and I searched out the cause of him whom I did not know.
17 I broke the fangs of the unrighteous
and made him drop his prey from his teeth.
18 Then I thought, ‘I shall die in my nest,
and I shall multiply my days as the sand,
19 my roots spread out to the waters,
with the dew all night on my branches,
20 my glory fresh with me,
and my bow ever new in my hand.’
21 “Men listened to me and waited
and kept silence for my counsel.
22 After I spoke they did not speak again,
and my word dropped upon them.
23 They waited for me as for the rain,
and they opened their mouths as for the spring rain.
24 I smiled on them when they had no confidence,
and the light of my face they did not cast down.
25 I chose their way and sat as chief,
and I lived like a king among his troops,
like one who comforts mourners.
Hebrew my autumn days
Job now speaks of his previous life of blessing before his days of suffering. These were days when he felt God watched over him (v2) and God’s light shone brightly into his life (v3). His friendship with God at that time felt so real (v4) and he also had the joy of his children (v5). His life was rich and blessed (v6).
Job was a man who was greatly respected by young and old alike, by the mighty and the lowly (v7-11; 23-25). Job was a man with the highest standing in the community.
His high standing was because of his care for the needy and his opposition to those who were evil (v12-17). His respect had been earned by his life and his respect was very real.
This description reveals to us something of what a godly life should be like and the blessing it might receive. It also shows us how much that Job lost not just in family and possessions, but in regards to his standing in society.
The one problem in Job’s description of his previous life, was a sense that God no longer watched over him or cared for him. The changing circumstances of life do not mean that God’s love for us changes.
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