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2 Oh that [nathan] I were as in
months [yerach] past [qedem], as in the days [yowm] when
God ['elowahh] preserved [shamar] me;
2 'Oh that I were as in months
gone by, As in the days when God watched over me; NASB
Wishing for better times is natural. There is nothing wrong with wanting to have
better in life. Only a fool would want
to live a life in poverty and suffering.
In his life prior to his current suffering, Job was
extremely wealthy. He had position and
power of sorts. He was wealthy and
prosperous to such an extent that blessings simply fell into his lap.
And, despite his wealthy status, Job here,
acknowledges God as the sole source of his prosperity. He claims no credit to himself for superior
business knowledge, for having position and status in the community, for
literally everything he possessed or enjoyed.
All of this he gave credit to God and to God alone.
But now, all of his wealth has been removed, and his
life is not as comfortable as it once was.
And again, no one wants to life a life in adversity. That simply isn't a normal attitude.
Job looks back on his former years and begins to
describe how his life really was.
This is so that we can see a few things in this book. First, Job had a life, which was blessed by
God. The arguments of his friends
ignored the fact of Jobs past life.
Second, this supports the description of Job from chapter one. He was one of the greatest of men in all of
the land. Third, Jobs wealth did not go
to his head in arrogance. He was so
wealthy that he could very well have had anything he wanted - women, drugs,
power, and the abuses that generally go along with that sort of vast wealth. But these vices of life did not appeal to
Job, nor did he fall into their traps.
This also demonstrates one more principle in
life. People look on your outward
appearance and judge you by that. God
looks on your soul, and judges you by the content of your thought pattern.
People do not have the right to judge others, and
express their opinions socially. God has
the right to judge everyone, in every situation.
It was not Jobs wealth, or prosperity that guarded his
life, it was God who preserved Job regardless of his situation. Then he was rich, now he is poor, then he was
healthy, now he is severely ill. God
preserves and protects (watches over) in every situation, the mature or positive
The spiritually positive believer can live life in
confidence and comfort in any situation, whereas the spiritually negative
person will never have this emotional comfort in life regardless of their
With every description of Jobs health, he should
already be bankrupt, destitute, dead but he is not.
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.