You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
13 If thou prepare [kuwn] thine heart [leb], and
stretch [paras] out thine hands [kaph] toward him;
14 If iniquity ['aven] be in thine
hand [yad], put it far away [rachaq], and let not wickedness [`evel] dwell [shakan] in thy
tabernacles ['ohel]. KJV-Interlinear
13 'If you would direct your
heart right, And spread out your hand to Him; 14 If iniquity is in your hand, put it far
away, And do not let wickedness dwell in your tents. NASB
Despite his criticism of Job, Zophar has his good
intentions. If Job were to change his
ways, then his life would get better.
That is in short, a principle of truth, when ones life is directed in
accordance with Gods plan for your life.
As far as Job's life is concerned, we know that Job
had been directing his life, his spiritual life, in the way in which God wanted
him to. If he were not, then Job would
not have been able to cope with this adversity.
He wouldn't have had the inner resources to deal with his hardship and losses.
Zophar does not see that side of Jobs life. He is still of the mind that Job is somehow
at fault and thus this suffering is his punishment.
Even though Zophar's lesson here is misapplied toward
Job, his lesson does have merit in truth.
Often times when we begin our life, perhaps in our
teen years or our twenties, we develop plans for our future. We have an idea as to what we want in our
life, and how we want our life to turn out.
We hustle and plan and sometimes we become meticulous, sometimes too
meticulous, and that sets us up for disappointment and frustration later in
If you wish to be successful in life, then you will
one day, come face to face with the decision of putting all of your own plans
aside and behind you, and turn to the plan, which God has prepared for
you. That decision can be a difficult
one, and usually takes a person many years before the realities of life finally
take their toll and the decision is forced.
Zophar begins with a sequence of changes, which must
occur before life gets better.
A persons life has to be redirected. We all follow our own beliefs and desires in
life, and there is nothing wrong with that, except when we ignore God or the
spiritual side of our life, then failure is certain.
Our life has two sides, the temporal side and the
spiritual side. The spiritual side is
the greater of the two, because it affects the eternal, while the temporal side,
impacts only the temporary life we have in this world.
In order to redirect your life, you have to begin by
recognizing God, and then pursue His wisdom, or the learning of it, through a
disciplined pattern of daily study of Bible doctrine.
Second, as Zophar states here, you need to begin a
dialog with God. Your side is prayer, and the daily function of your life, and
Gods side is of course the written word.
Then, third, in everyone's life, sin resides. That has to be driven out. It has to be driven out of your tent. Your tent is your place of residence. Your tent is your daily life. Your tent is your inner soul. Your tent is the entire function of your life,
your thinking, your decisions, and your actions.
You cannot have a relationship, and certainly not a
genuine one, when you hold on to little sins.
You cannot compromise your life in any way. Neither in your soul, in your home, or in
your relations with people in general.
Put sin out of your life, and by the way when we
mention sin here, or iniquity, we are referring to the entire range of
production of the sin nature, which includes not only sins in the usually
sense, but also human righteousnesses.
People who mean well can be just as evil as criminals, when they apply
their good deeds outside of Gods sphere of fellowship.
To put iniquity out of your life, is the confession
function. This is how you recover you
fellowship status and thus restore yourself into the spiritual sphere in which
your spiritual life functions.
Zophar knows how all of this works, and he has the
correct order and understanding of how the spiritual life works. Jobs situation is quite possibly a totally
new situation, which Zophar and the other two friends have never encountered
But none the less, every person, sooner or later in
their life, will come face to face with their greatest decision in life. And that is to put behind them, their own
perfect plans, whatever those plans may be, and turn their life over to God.
This doesn't mean that you stop being who and what you
are, necessarily, unless of course you are some form of scum-bag, but what you
need to do is incorporate God and spiritual growth into your life, and then
perhaps what you are attempting to do, will be taken over or even redirected by
God, to what He knows, will be better and more fulfilling for your life.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.