Job 27:7-10 “Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous. For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him? Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?”
I have come to love these morning meditations with God as He guides my mind down a particular path, or breaks through the fog with such clarity and reveals truth, or a principle, or a nugget that wasn’t evident before.
Today, as I read this passage, I saw Job expressing a perspective we often forget. Verse 8 in particular:
“For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?”
We all have a sense of justice with which we apply to situations and circumstances. We may witness a crime and think something needs to be done. Someone else may see the same scenario and think no crime has been committed. But Job has seen through the eyes of the Ultimate Judge and sets things in order.
Though it may seem that the wicked prospers in this world, having a biblical worldview allows us to see things through an eternal perspective. We will often get off track; we may deviate from our course because of some new, shiny stuff that has captured our attention.
We may try to pursue a life that we feel is what we want when God has something entirely different in mind. Job is grounded in his relationship with God. He is close to God’s heart. So much so, God presented him to the devil as one to be admired for his faith. That faith was being tested to the extreme.
So the things Job relates to his almost legalistic friends is very telling.
A hypocrite is defined as:
1. One who feigns to be what he is not; one who has the form of godliness without the power, or who assumes an appearance of piety and virtue, when he is destitute of true religion.
And the hypocrite’s hope shall perish. Job.8.
2. A dissembler; one who assumes a false appearance.
Fair hypocrite, you seek to cheat in vain.
Often, we become comfortable with some level of living the Christian life. We live to put things into an order we are satisfied with; a life that suits us. We have dreams and expectations. We pursue our version of happy; our version of successful. Job was all of that and more…
Then his world was turned upside down and inside out.
His friends thought there was some secret sin for God’s hand to come so profoundly and so mightily in Job’s life. Job knew and held to the integrity of his heart. He kept to the principles by which he lived to carry him through the hardest time of his life.
But because Job had an eternal perspective, he was able to see things that the world could never understand. Asaph wrote of this very revelation from the first person perspective.
Psalm 73:3 “For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”
He goes on to process the question “Why do the wicked prosper, and I, a child of God, suffer?”
He thinks through this situation and light breaks through:
Psalm 73:16-17 “When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.”
When our thinking is closed to the eternal, we will see only as the world sees and become ineffective for the cause of Christ. Our daily meeting to personally worship and pray brings about peace and calm that can carry us through the most tumultuous of times.
We foolishly think we know how God should deal with us.
It is as if the child says to the parent; “I need to make the bad things go away because it’s going so badly for me” when in fact they have done something worthy of correction which takes a firm hand, and tough love, and a spanking.
God deals with us that way.
Proverbs 13:24 “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.”
Hebrews 12:6 “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”
Even when we are wounded deeply by someone. It is human nature to want them to hurt because we are hurting.
Hurt people hurt people.
But when we separate the emotion from the situation for a moment, we might see that the one who hurt us needs far more grace and mercy than my hurt emotion will allow me to give. Going beyond our world of pain and hurt and reaching out others is where I believe God steps in and sees that we are unselfish in giving to others that He reaches down and heals us.
When my sense of justice rises up in me, I try to put myself in the shoes of the one to whom I direct my attention. What do they need? What can I do or say that would be of any benefit to them?
We recoil and lick our wounds when hurt. I have been hurt enough to know that God is my Healer; God is my comfort; my Heavenly Father is the lifter up of my head. He knows and understands every fiber of my being because He created me. But I also know that I need His perspective when I am not seeing things quite right.
As you go about your day today, view your work as unto the Lord. Realize the words that we speak are powerful and have the power to help, hinder, or hurt. Our acts of kindness; the smile and happy greeting may just open the door to be a witness for our Savior.