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~ Day Eight ~
MAGNIFY
No Other Name
The Book of Job ~ Chapter Eight
"Does God subvert judgment?
Or does the Almighty pervert justice?"
(Job 8:3)
MORNING MEDITATION
Righteous Judge
Job defended his passionate outburst before his friends, but before the Lord he used another tone; for the arrows sent from heaven had pricked his heart, and he found himself utterly defenseless before the throne. "Have I sinned? What have I done to You, O watcher of men?" (Job 7:20a). Job made his appeal to the One who was truly aware of his case, who knew his misery and utter helplessness, and who alone could pardon him. Though his friends were more of an obstacle than a help in his pursuit of a remedy, Job was not hindered in his approach to God. He knew that God alone was his source of help.
"The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry" (Psalm 34:15).
"There is only one Lawgiver and Judge,
the one who is able to save and destroy."
(James 4:12a, niv)

There is a "Watcher" of men - a Judge over the whole race of men, who observes all our ways. "For His eyes are on the ways of man, and He sees all his steps" (Job 34;21). Contrary to popular belief, we are not left to our own to do that which seems right in our own eyes (Judges 21:25). The Bible teaches us that there is a moral law and government over all the earth, and a Judge, before whom we will all stand and one day give an account, who at this moment reigns and rules over the whole human race. "And He has given Him authority to judge because He is the Son of Man" (John 5:27). "You have put all things in subjection under his feet." For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him" (Hebrews 2:8). It is not difficult for us to imagine what it would be like to have a state without law, or laws without punishment for those who broke them, or to have rulers who failed to administer justice to all. What miserable counterfeits men have been who have been given influence and authority in this world, but have chosen instead to usurp God's righteous rule, allowing anarchy to reign, and permitting everyone to devour his neighbor and wreak havoc upon the land. Though, at this time we see the wicked prosper and the righteous suffer, there will be a day of reckoning when all wrongs will be made right. Until then it is vital that we make sure that those who are given the scepter to rule with be men and women of a righteous character, "...able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness..." (Exodus 18:21). Especially here, in America where, as John Adams said, "Our constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other." He understood, as many of our nation's founders and framers did, that without God's government ruling in the hearts of men, no human government has the "power of contending with the unbridled passions of men" who, if they have not first submitted to God, will always seek to overthrow any rule of man. By the hand of God, they made sure that this, first and best of all our freedoms, was protected by our Constitution. "Therefore you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32). May we humbly yield to the Lord's rule in our hearts, and allow Him to do as He sees fit, so that our lives will testify of His great love and be used to heal the brokenhearted and proclaim liberty to the captives (Isaiah 61:1), as we continually pray for those in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-6), and for those who will soon be appointed by God (Romans 13:1). "Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O LORD, You preserve man and beast. How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!" (Psalm 36:5-7a).

"You too, be patient and stand firm,
because the Lord's coming is near.
Don't grumble against each other, brothers,
or you will be judged.
The Judge is standing at the door!"
(James 5:8-9)
AFTERNOON DEVOTION
Read: Job Chapter Eight

"If you were pure and upright,
surely now He would awake for you,
and prosper your rightful dwelling place.
Though your beginning was small,
yet your latter end would increase abundantly."
(Job 8:6, 7)

With no response from God, Job's friends undertook to speak for Him. Rather than show kindness and compassion to their suffering friend, they felt the need to defend God and justify His actions. "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" (Genesis 18:25) Bildad picked up where Eliphaz had left off, drawing the conclusion that Job had gotten what he deserved, because God, being who He is, could never pervert justice. Bildad reasoned that since God cannot be unjust, surely Job and his family has suffered because of their own sinfulness. According to Bildad, all that Job needed to do was plead for God's mercy and God would restore him to a position of greater abundance than he had before. "Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end would increase abundantly" (Job 8:7). It was true that Job would see greater reward in the end, but it would be after he prayed for his friends, not for himself (42:8)! Whereas Eliphaz trusted in his observations and visions (4:12-17), Bildad looked to the past and to nature for his supporting arguments to prove Job's guilt. "For inquire, please, of the former age, and consider the things discovered by their fathers; for we were born yesterday, and know nothing, because our days on earth are a shadow. Will they not teach you and tell you, and utter words from their heart?" (vv. 8-10). Bildad's response was an oversimplification of Job's troubles. He believed that the cause of his misery was obvious: God only punishes the wicked and always rewards the righteous. Bildad wasn't taking into account a number of other hidden factors - like the conversation in the court of heaven that initiated Job's trials. Bildad tried to heal Job's wound with just a diagnosis, but forgot to provide the healing salve. While it is true that God is holy and just, He is also loving, compassionate, and kind; and He never fails to exercise His holiness in love, even when judging sin. "By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren" (1 John 3:16). Let us pray that the Lord would lead us to be a source of help, and not a hindrance, in the path healing for the many around us who are suffering, and leave all judgment to Him! "Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together" (Psalm 34:3).

"But if our unrighteousness demonstrates
the righteousness of God, what shall we say?
Is God unjust who inflicts wrath?
(I speak as a man) Certainly not!
For then how will God judge the world?"
(Romans 3:5)
EVENING PRAYER
"LORD, I know that You can do everything,
and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You."
(Job 42:2)

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