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.
20 Only do [`asah] not two [shanayim] things unto me: then will I not hide [cathar] myself from thee [paniym].
21 Withdraw [rachaq] thine hand [kaph] far [rachaq] from me: and
let not thy dread ['eymah] make me afraid [ba`ath]. KJV-Interlinear
20 'Only two things do not do to
me, Then I will not hide from Thy face: 21
Remove Thy hand from me, And let not the dread of Thee terrify me. NASB
Often times we will pray, or hope, or wish, for the
things that we want in this life. And,
just as often, we do not get the things we pray for, hope for, or wish
for? And then, what is our reaction?
Well, for many it is back to the tantrum stage of
life, demonstrating that our spiritual life is shallow and our faith weak at
Understanding God, means more than just knowing the
various stories in the Bible.
Understanding God also means being oriented to reality.
And part of that understanding means knowing that the
world is partial to those who reject God, and antagonistic toward those who
pursue God in their lives.
By choosing to pursue God, Christ, doctrine and
therefore your spiritual life, you by default make yourself the enemy of this
world. But then again, the world has its
power, while you will possess the power of God within you. The world cannot begin to match the power and
resources of God.
That alone should give you phenomenal peace of mind,
even in the face of your worldly disappointments.
No matter what you might have in this world, no matter
what you want in your life, no matter what you pursue in this world, God has
something greater waiting for you, both during this life, and especially in the
next life. Approach your life as an
endlessly open-ended adventure. In all
adventures there are trials, barriers, and of course the eventual triumph.
Remember that even if God grants your desires, and
especially if he does not, the things of this world are nothing. Therefore, do not boast in what you have,
neither brag to others of your prosperity, and if you do not accomplish as much
as the neighbors, even if you are an obvious failure in life by worldly
standards, again that result of your worldly life, is nothing.
What matters, is the doctrine in you. That is the only thing, in the long run, that
Job was not afraid of his misery. Granted he did not feel well and would prefer
to have all the pain and discomfort go away, but his real worry was God. And thus his two-fold request.
He asks that God would withdraw his hand for a time, and
not terrify him. And this request God
grants to everyone.
Man alone, cannot survive without God. Man alone, cannot remove his miseries. Man alone, lives a life of terror, because
man has no knowledge of his afterlife, apart from the revelation of Bible
doctrine. And with no knowledge, man has
only his own pretense, his own inventions of afterlife, or his own
imaginations. None of which have any
foundation in fact. Therefore, there is
no security or confidence in anything coming from this world.
So God gives us all His own power through His written
Word, through His only Son, and through the sustaining ministry of the Holy
Spirt. Your relief is the environment of
your spiritual life within the fellowship sphere, and your case is brought
before God by Jesus Christ. Therefore,
your confidence, not fear, is in your faith.
Throughout life we will have our ups and downs. It is far better and easier, to get to know
God and to grow up within ones spiritual life when your life is on an
upswing. That should be obvious. When things are going badly, then you more
often than not, are distracted and have more trouble concentrating because of
But what do most folks do? When times are good, they find themselves too
busy to deal with their spiritual life, and when times are bad, they do not
have the inner resources to fall back on, in order to rely on God.
Job is our classic example of what to do in life. He
was successful and wealthy. He set his
priority on his spiritual life, rather than on his wealth and prosperity. And now, when life is hammering him, he is
dealing with the trouble better than even his friends.
He is methodically and systematically thinking his way
through this ordeal, and they are having collective cows trying to get him to
roll over and give up.
Job is interested in God, and in discovering his
future. His friends are more interested
in elevating themselves as men of wisdom, worldly wisdom, in the eyes of
God deals with positive believers, honorably. God lets negative people have the entire
resources of the world, for whatever good it will do them.
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.