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17 Behold, happy ['esher] is the man ['enowsh] whom
God ['elowahh] correcteth [yakach]: therefore despise [ma'ac]
not thou the chastening [muwcar] of the
Almighty [Shadday]: KJV-Interlinear
17 'Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, So do not
despise the discipline of the Almighty. NASB
has been summarizing the evil rich man who will eventually come under Gods
judgment, because of the mans wicked treatment of others. But now Eliphaz changes his tone and he
considers an alternate purpose for suffering, namely suffering from discipline.
are several types of suffering to be found in this world. First, there is the suffering that can come
out of the world itself. Just being
alive and living in this devils world, which we call the jungle, will produce a
wide variety of sources of sufferings.
Suffering from hunger, crime, prejudice, health, economic, social and so
unbelievers will receive all of their suffering from the jungle laws that rule
the world. The strong oppress the weak,
the big fish eats up the little fish and so forth. Eventually all unbelievers succumb to the
rejecting salvation, then all unbelievers place themselves in the cross hairs
of Gods judgment. As they continue in
their defiance toward God, then their suffering will be intensified until they
reach a maximum point, after which death follows, and thus the end of their
life in this world. The purpose of
jungle suffering is to bring unbelievers to the gospel and salvation.
laws of divine establishment provide a stabilizing influence to offset the
jungle laws. However, when defiance
toward Christ continues, then even these laws will give way to the eventual and
ultimate suffering and death of unbelievers.
for believers, their suffering can come from the world just as that received by
unbelievers, but believers, now that they have entered into the family of God,
will come under the watchful eye of God.
Discipline enters into the picture.
world takes care of all unbelievers, but God applies His discipline only to His
will direct His focused discipline onto individual believers who are generally
negative or lax in their spiritual lives. If people continue to be indifferent or
abusive toward God, then this discipline can intensify over the course of their
lifetime until they reach a maximum point, after which death follows. The purpose of this discipline is to get
people back on track in their spiritual lives.
has a plan for each individual believer.
If you are still alive and breathing, then you still have an opportunity
to get on track in Gods plan for your life.
If you are not still breathing, then most likely you are not reading
this Your options and opportunities
have ceased to exist as you aren't even here any more.
there is the believer who is on track in his spiritual growth toward spiritual
maturity. Does that mean that life is
perfect and there is no longer any suffering to be had in this life? No.
Sometimes God saves the best testing for this very portion of your life.
exists for the growing or mature believer, but this suffering is more of a
training, or testing nature. If we get
to soft in prosperity, then we can drift away from our spiritual life. So God very graciously gives us reminders of
our place in this universe. We are
nothing more than specs of dust. Don't
ever forget that.
can call all suffering experienced by all believers, when they respond correctly,
as suffering for blessing, for that is the ultimate goal. There is suffering for cursing and that
continues off and on throughout the life of the negative believer. But if the believer changes their ways, then
that suffering for cursing changes to suffering for blessing.
blessing is derived from ones positive attitude toward God, Christ, and
doctrine. Responding correctly in your
spiritual life, will always eventually result in blessing. We might not always see it right away, but it
will be there sooner or later. All
suffering for blessing to designed to accelerate and strengthen your spiritual
Eliphaz is suggesting that Jobs suffering is for discipline, because of Job's
presumed wrongs committed during the course of his life.
since God is giving attention to Job, that means that there is hope for Job.
we have already seem, Jobs suffering is not from this category of
suffering. But many folks do belong to
the suffering for cursing category because of their misdirected life.
you do not want to happen in your life, is for God to give up on you and turn
His back on you. Once He does that, then
your life will not last much beyond that point.
if you are reading this, then you have not yet been cast aside by God. Anyone who turns their life back to God will
never be cast aside. Thus the hope of
you are suffering, and you are now turning your life back to God as best you
can, then you should rejoice. You are
alive and God still cares enough for you, to give you your spanking.
folks in this stage don't have a clue as to how or what they need to do in
their spiritual life, but just the effort of reading the Bible, of starting a
daily study, and so forth is enough to begin the road to recovery. God will establish the recovery work for you.
You just have to stick with your daily studies.
don't despise your suffering, whether you think you deserve it or don't deserve
it. That part is irrelevant. God wants your attention, and suffering is the
best way to get it.
has a great life being prepared for you.
The world has nothing for you.
So, getting your priorities straight will help you advance in your
spiritual life, your most valuable possession.
For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father, the son in whom he
It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what
son is there whom his father does not discipline? NASB
Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he
will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.