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31 My harp [kinnowr] also is turned to
mourning ['ebel], and my organ [`uwgab] into the voice [qowl] of
them that weep [bakah]. KJV-Interlinear
31 'Therefore my harp is turned
to mourning, And my flute to the sound of those who weep. NASB
Job is living an experience that resembles what life
would be like with the absence of God.
Regardless of your circumstances in this life. Whether you are filthy rich, or desperately
poor, makes no difference.
Either situation can lead to ones embrace of the
fantasies that would make you believe that you are well off. If all you see is the darkness then all you
believe is out there in life, is that darkness.
If all you see is your environment, then all you believe is out there,
is that environment.
In fact, your outlook in life is simply wanting more
and more, or less and less of whatever it is that you have now. The rich want more riches, and the poor want
less of their poverty. The happy want
more happiness and the sad want less sadness.
Unfortunately, they all look in the same places for
their wants - the world. And the world
is not a resource for anything permanent.
The end result, despite a lifetime of worldly
prosperity or poverty, is all wrapped up in this last verse.
The harp and the flute from which you would expect joy
and cheerful even knee slapping, foot stomping happiness, actually result in
terrible, painful, and pathetic sorrow.
This is the destiny, this is the very best that one
can expect from a life without God, without Christ, without doctrine, without a
Conversely, when God is in your life, when you are
advancing in your spiritual life, then no matter what your earthly
circumstances might be, whether rich or poor, your life will be far better off
than anyone else in this world.
Job already has acknowledged that his redeemer and his
advocate are God (the savior) Himself. And
by this, even in his unusual suffering which we have been studying, Job
demonstrates a calmness and a confidence of trust in God to whom he looks for
Job does not look to the world. Job does not look to things. Job does not look to his friends. Job does not look to himself.
And whether his suffering ends up in death or
recovery, he knows that it is only God who will bring him through safely, and
no one and nothing else can accomplish that.
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.