There is a decline in the knowledge of the person and the essence of God in our Churches today. The Bible describes it as a famine for the hearing of the Word of God. Most men of God these days have become experts in the watering down of the truth of God’s Word because their focus is for more people to attend their services rather than to learn the truth in God’s Word. One can comfortably say that out of every ten charismatic Teachers/Pastors, seven have become false Teachers/Pastors.
The plethora of troubles in the Body of Christ has been caused by a lack of teaching the truth of the Word. The rediscovery of the majesty of God through the teaching of the truth remains the only remedy for cure. It becomes an uphill task to keep our moral practices sound and our inward attitudes right when our idea about God is erroneous and inadequate. If we desire power in our spiritual lives, our thoughts about God must change from what it is now to what it should be.
The problem Job and his three friends had can be summed up as not having the right assessment or evaluation about their God. It took God in the description of the Behemoth and the Leviathan to break down the defenses of the four. They had no reply to the many questions from God about His sovereignty. Job was able to see his folly in not accepting that they were not conscious of God but self. Job didn’t realize that God could test the righteous, which caused their whole range of vision to be defective. They could not act differently from what they knew and understood. They became a direct embodiment of their inappropriate ideas about God.
It was time for Job to opine when God gave him a chance to talk. We see a different Job here than the one who was so immersed and engrossed in self-vindication, self-aggrandizement coupled with self-deceit and now has been schooled in the Word, thereby having a better knowledge about the essence of God together with His dealings. He was convinced about this new knowledge; he had to drop the previous ideas he had and take on this new one.
Job and his friends did not know God was testing him; he failed to see that God was behind the scenes using various agents for the accomplishment of His wise and gracious finales. Satan was a mere instrument in the hand of God; he couldn’t move the breadth of hair beyond the divinely prescribed limit. When Satan finished his job, he was dismissed and that was the last we read or heard about him.
Job could not seize the moment because he was limited in knowledge; he would have saved himself from the strife against his three friends and the arguments that led to nowhere. He couldn’t be broken down and having that contrite spirit was far-fetched.
Due to his lack of divine knowledge, Job had his focus on second causes forgetting God as his only present help in times of trouble. This is the resultant consequence when you allow your circumstances come between you and God. When there are no circumstances, we feel we have power with God but on sighting the terrible circumstance and its rage, we capitulate to them over God losing the sense of His presence, the light of His countenance leading us to think in our thoughts that God isn’t with us. But little do we know that we are wrong in our summations.
Job answered and said to God, “I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything. Nothing and no one can upset your plans. You asked, ‘Who is this muddying the water, ignorantly confusing the issue, second-guessing my purposes?’ I admit it. I was the one. I babbled on about things far beyond me, made small talk about wonders way over my head. You told me, ‘Listen, and let me do the talking. Let me ask the questions. You give the answers.’ I admit I once lived by rumors of you; now I have it all firsthand—from my own eyes and ears! I’m sorry—forgive me. I’ll never do that again, I promise! I’ll never again live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumor.”
What a confession, what a repentance and what a comeback.
What Job said to God about himself definitely reminds us of the man that wrestled with Jacob getting the hollow of his thigh dislocated thus learning his utter weakness and obliviousness. Same as Peter when he denied Christ thrice, he had to repent afterwards.
The heaviest responsibility that we are faced with in the Body of Christ today is to purify and elevate our concept and understanding of God until it is once more worthy of Him. To get the right thoughts about God is to begin to get right about everything. If I am wrong about God, I am wrong about myself, wrong about fellow Christians and eventually wrong about all.
The unavoidable result of the high view of self in whatever form is a lower view of God.