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.
21 Thou art become [haphak] cruel ['akzar] to me: with
thy strong [`otsem] hand [yad] thou opposest [satam]
thyself against me.
22 Thou liftest me up [nasa'] to the wind [ruwach]; thou
causest me to ride [rakab] upon it, and
dissolvest [muwg] my substance [tuwshiyah] [shavah]. KJV-Interlinear
21 'Thou hast become cruel to me; With the might of Thy hand Thou dost
persecute me. 22 'Thou dost lift me up
to the wind and cause me to ride; And
Thou dost dissolve me in a storm. NASB
How much control do we have over our lives? None, when it comes to the day-to-day
activities in this life.
In chapter ten, Job recognized that it is God who put
his life together. And now here, it is
God who takes ones life apart, piece by piece, bit by bit.
God can approach our lives in blessing or in
cursing. We are all subject to judgment,
discipline, testing, or blessing.
Judgment is one of the worse possible relationships
that you can have with God. Discipline,
if something bad is to happen in your life, is the preferred relationship. Discipline is correctional and intended to
get you back on track where you have wavered off of the path of life which God
prefers you to follow.
Testing, is an enhancement of your spiritual life. Testing is intended to accelerate your
And of course blessing is preferred by all.
But in these verses, Job sets out the contrast in Gods
policy towards humanity. It is God who
controls history, not man. It is God who directs the flow of history, not
man. Everything in your life was
foreseen by God in eternity past and likewise He made provision for every
aspect of your life.
You do not have the privilege of setting down in your
life and doing nothing. God has set out
mandates for you, in order to teach you responsibility, and to see if you
In everything, we study, we review, and apply to life,
the principles we learn. Often time's
people learn the wrong things. They
learn shortcuts, or indifference, and try to improve on Gods plan for their
life. Those approaches always fail.
Many times, you may have certain objectives for your
life, and then something beyond your control occurs, which cancels out your
plans and substitutes something else.
Perhaps something you never intended, or would not do on your own. As they say, there are your plans, and then
there is life.
Life is the revelation to you, of Gods plan for your
life. When you study and grow up spiritually, then there will be a
compatibility between Gods plan and your thoughts and actions. When you are negative toward God, then you
will sooner or later, face these verses.
The winds and storms of life will toss you about like
dust. And especially when you think you
have some semblance of control over your life, you will be caught by surprise.
Job was not a bad person. Job was a spiritually mature person. Yet his life was turned upside down in order
to provide us all, instruction and an opportunity to learn for ourselves.
We can learn the easy way, by study and
instruction. Or we can learn the hard
way, by life's experiences.
Regardless of your learning approach to life, you will
always come face to face with suffering experiences. Hopefully it will be for the purpose of
reinforcing your already established faith.
Jobs faith was strong.
He has known great prosperity and happiness, and now faces great
suffering and loss, yet he never criticizes nor blames God.
Your life rests in Gods hands completely. Better to be under His blessing policy
designed to teach you and help you grow up through study and experience, than
to be under His cursing policy, designed to hammer your entrenched arrogance
and stubbornness toward change.
This is the devils world for now. Until the end of history, we will just have
to endure what the world throws at us.
In doctrine that will be easy.
With spiritual deficiency that will be difficult.
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.