CHAPTER SIX: KNOWING TRUTH EQUALS FREEDOM
Once Job knows the truth about himself and about God, he is set free from the devil’s lies and his own deception and is able to respond to that truth with an act of faith: repentance and new commitment to God. And once Job is operating in repentance and faith, God is able to move in blessing.
His first move is to address Job’s three friends and let them know that since they have not seen fit to acknowledge their ignorance and repent, they are still in an unfit state to pray for any help from God themselves. “After the Lord had spoken … to Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, ‘My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends; for you have not spoken of Me the thing that is right, as my servant Job has.’” (Job 42:7, Amplified).
Now the reader needs to be cautious here, that he does not interpret this statement to mean that Job has been saying the right things about God all along. Remember, the Lord has just spent three chapters arraigning Job for his words spoken out of ignorance concerning God. No, this statement refers only to Job’s words once he recognizes his own ignorance and pride and repents.
God continues His instructions to Eliphaz in verse eight: “Now therefore take seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept [his prayer] that I deal not with you after your folly, in that you have not spoken of Me the thing which is right, like My servant Job. So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the Lord commanded them; and the Lord accepted [Job’s prayer]. And the Lord turned the captivity of Job and restored his fortunes, when he prayed for his friends; also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.”
Once Job is back in faith, he is able to release that faith in prayer for his friends. And it works for Job the way it works for the believers in the Body of Christ to this very day: when they pray for others, the doors are open for God to bless them as well. So through this doorway of faith, which Job opens through repentance and prayer for others (even others who have hurt him), God gives Job abundant blessings in every area of his life.
And just as Job’s new understanding of the truth set him free, so the believer’s understanding of the truth about the book of Job will set him free in his understanding of God. It was God who had given Job his abundant blessings. God says in Deuteronomy 8:18 that it is He that gives His people the power to make wealth. He also says that children are His reward to man. (Psalm 127:3). So the blessings all came from God. It was the devil who killed, stole, and destroyed in Job’s life. And he had an open avenue to do so because of Job’s lack of covenant, his great fear, and his inherent pride. Once again, just as in the Garden, man allowed Satan a place in his life and the right to function there.
But it is God who works with Job to bring him back to a place of knowing the truth and repenting, actions necessary to moving in faith. And it is God alone who gives the blessings in response to that faith.
And just as the truth set Job free and opened his life to abundance from God, so the truths contained within this study of Job – when received and applied diligently – will set each reader free and open his life to more of God’s abundance as well.
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