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SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL HEALING

January 14, 2016

Thursday

 

Job 5:17-18

 

Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.

 

 

LESSON

 

Eliphaz concluded his speech by urging Job to repent of his sin. Since God was good, He would then bless Job, who could then die prosperous and happy.”Unfortunately, and obviously without realizing it, Eliphaz sides with the Satan against God in offering this counsel, for he seeks to motivate Job to serve God for the benefits that piety brings.”

In this speech, Eliphaz said that Job’s suffering was a result of his sin. He asserted that sin is part of the human condition and that it brings retribution and discipline from God. He also called on Job to repent, with the promise that God would then bless him. However, he falsely assumed that Job had sinned greatly or deliberately rebelled against God. Eliphaz failed to distinguish the different reasons for suffering. The ungodly suffer as punishment for their sins. The godly suffer for at least three reasons: (1) to sanctify them from sin, (2) to prove their fidelity to Him, and (3) to bear faithful testimony to Him.

As you face the trials of life, I am sure you have seen the God’s promises proven true time and again. I do not know what valley you may be walking through today, but I do know a God who wants to help you get safely through it.

 

Memory Verse: Psalms 147:3

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