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A Covenant with My Eyes

During the time of his trials, Job endured sorrow and suffering, ridicule and reproach, but the wild accusations of sin leveled against him by his own friends clearly upset him—as we surely can understand. They had charged him with a multiplicity of sins, assuming the worst due to the suppositions of their erroneous theology. In…

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Days of Affliction

Most people know what it means to have a bad day. We usually interpret that to mean that multiple things have gone wrong, sometimes terribly wrong, one right after the other. It could be that you woke up sick, received bad news from work, or performed poorly on a test. It could be something far…

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The Days of My Prime

If you pay attention to sports, you will sometimes hear a commentator refer to an athlete being “in his prime.” Interestingly, the “prime” age may vary depending upon the sport. For most sports the prime falls in the late twenties and early thirties, after gaining sufficient experience but before the body has worn down too…

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Elusive Insight

Constantly developing technology, advances in medicine, and the information available on the Internet combine with pride to convince people  today that they have built a world of wonders—despite simultaneously destroying the best of that world in the name of being a more advanced civilization. However, Job lamented in Job 28:1-11 how many discoveries and advances…

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Far Be It From Me

Job had endured the loss of his children, the loss of his wealth, and the loss of his health. In society he had endured the humiliation of going from respected statesman to social outcast. But when his friends came to see him, he found it necessary to endure their reproach, their indignation, and their accusations.…

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The Mere Edges of His Ways

Job’s friends began their speeches with great bluster and ended with a tiny whimper. They thought they understood everything they needed to know to address Job’s situation, but their assumptions could not stand up against Job’s rebuttals. Thus, as Job countered this final attempt, he challenged their presumptive manner in claiming to speak on God’s…

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How Can a Man Be Righteous Before God?

Job had made a powerful case, demonstrating that suffering comes upon all people regardless of the righteousness of their behavior. However, Bildad the Shuhite refused to acknowledge—at least directly—the strength of Job’s case. Instead, he turned his attention to the distance that lies between God and all men, emphasizing the exalted nature of God compared…

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No Man Is Sure of Life

In the ongoing discussion between Job and his friends, Job maintained his innocence with frustration and fervor, responding to the increasingly virulent attacks made against his life and character by his friends with precision and logic. He had yet to figure out the full impact of his circumstances and the greater lesson they implied; however,…

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When He Has Tested Me

People are quick to tell you that life is not fair. It is an axiom that comes quick to the lips just due to hearing it so often—so quickly that we often do not think about what we are saying. It is an explanation of sorts—and sometimes a justification. When trials and hardships come our…

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False Accusations

Criticism hurts—no matter how kindly delivered and no matter how constructively cast. It pains us to hear criticism because—even if we knew the problem existed previously—it is embarrassing and somewhat depressing to hear that someone else noticed and thought it significant enough an issue to bring to our attention. Enduring the critique of any sermon…

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