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21 Acquaint [cakan] now thyself
with him, and be at peace [shalam]: thereby
good [towb] shall come [bow'] unto thee. KJV-Interlinear
21 'Yield now and be at peace
with Him; Thereby good will come to you.
Eliphaz has already made up his mind regarding
Job. Since he is suffering, he must be
wicked. Since he is wicked, he must not
be acquainted with God. Since he does
not know God, then he has no relationship with God. And, finally, since he has no relationship
with God, then he has no access to blessings, all of which come only from God.
The concept is true, the application to Job is not.
What does that mean? I am sure
that you have heard that term, if not in church then in some movie, 'Yield
Yielding in one sense means, to give way to
another. In the spiritual sense, it means
to set your sin nature pattern of life aside, and make way for your spiritual side.
But better put, yield means to become acquainted. But not just any kind of acquaintance. This is an intimate acquaintance, a very,
very, intimate acquaintance. It means to
be serviceable to, to be accessible to, to be familiar in every detail.
And in this, Eliphaz is going to teach us all just how
to begin and function in our spiritual life.
The first order of business in the spiritual life, is
to change your attitude. You have to
stop being negative, and start being positive toward God. You have to start wanting to know God. And you have to become aware that what you
are doing now, in indifference, is getting you nowhere and will never get you
So, there must logically be something better out
there, and God must be that, 'something better.'
The next order of business is becoming at peace with
God. Gaining peace is a process. Peace
does not come instantaneously. Just as
growing up from toddler, to teenager, to young adult, to adulthood did not come
overnight. So too, the spiritual life
comes one day at a time. And just as
growth comes one day at a time, so too our learning comes one study at a time,
one verse at a time, one concept at a time and so forth. Verse upon verse, precept upon precept, and
so forth. We learn little by little and
build upon that which we already have learned.
Peace means to be completed, to be restored, to be
rendered whole from dismembered fragments.
Peace is a building process, a construction in progress, a system or a
pattern of life inside of which God, who is the contractor, builds something
out of you.
And the result of this new approach to life? 'Good!'
So what is good?
Here it is used in its broadest sense. Eliphaz will use specific examples in then
next couple of verses, but even those references are generalized results, used
in order to make a point.
Good means better, best, bountiful, cheerful, joy,
favor, precious prosperity, sweet wealth.
In other words, anything legitimate, which you can imagine as being
pleasant and desirable, is a result of good.
So good results from peace. Peace is a completion of ones self, a
completion of ones relationship with God.
That completion comes as a result of your turning you
attitude around and pursuing God and your spiritual life, rather than exclusively
pursuing the carnal things of this world.
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.