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20 My glory [kabowd] was fresh [chadash] in me [`immad], and my bow [qesheth] was renewed [chalaph] in my
hand [yad]. KJV-Interlinear
20 'My glory is ever new with me,
And my bow is renewed in my hand.' NASB
In his better days, Jobs glory, his grandness, his
splendor, the picture of his life, if you could take a picture of wealth and
success, was always with him.
Job had lived a very long time by our standards, and
he was successful beyond anyone's wildest dreams. Job had his family, his innumerable relatives
(we'll read about them in the final chapters), his vast wealth, his health, his
abilities and intelligence, his positions in social circles and in
society. There was not much more that
could be added to his life.
As we studied the other day, Jobs life was just about
as perfect as a life could get.
His glory was a picture of his phenomenally successful
life. His bow is suggestive of his
strength and abilities to meet just about any earthly challenge that might come
Job could counter anyone who might challenge him by
legal means. Job could purchase just about anything that was available in his
day. Job was well able to meet any
controversy in his life. He had the
wealth, and the means to deal with anything.
And this is the principle which is going to be taught
by this chapter. Job had many earthly
blessings. All came from God, which he
acknowledged. But as we have already
seen, God is the source of everything - good and bad. God gives and He takes away. And by this we mean that God has made
provision for any set of circumstances in life, including disaster.
Job on his own, could not prevent the suffering that
was about to fall all over him. In his
prosperity, he, unlike most folks, knew that God was the source, and that it
could all fade away in a heartbeat. And
in one afternoon it did.
Regardless of your circumstances in this life, there
will always be something in this world, which can come along and take it all
away in a heartbeat. Even your life is
on the table for Gods disposition.
Some folks have the blessing of having much in this
life. Most of us have far less.
If God is first in your life, then your circumstances
are irrelevant, because God will take care of you no matter who or what you
are. If God is not first in your life,
then you have already lost, you just probably won't recognize it until the
moment of your death, or until some humongous disaster has trampled you down.
And if a disaster does fall all over you, then count
yourself lucky. God has given you
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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