God’s children know that …
The worst can happen, but the best remains.
The worst can happen, but God holds the reins.
The worst may seem to be, but God restrains
the evil, – through it all,
he still sustains.
The best remains when troubles all have passed.
Matured with strengthened faith – his work will last.
The best of all is still as yet to be.
God’s Words he’ll all fulfil: eternity.
Job did not understand, he did not know
the devil’s schemes, nor yet the LORD’s design;
bereavement, loss, and then, severest blow –
this awful illness, – how could this refine?
Would he now curse the One who once had given
rich blessings in abundance, would he hate,
reject, or scorn the mighty God of heaven,
despair about his miserable state?
Was this to judge for infidelity,
hypocrisy, or wickedness of heart?
Such accusations of severity
resentment, and despair provoked, in part.
A sinner, yes, but upright; he must wait
upon his holy God through troubles great.
1) I am buffeted by Satan, –
God permits I feel great grief;
but I know he’ll plead my cause, though
now I’m like a wind-tossed leaf.
There is no-one who is perfect:
discipline divine incurred,
for we’re born to folly, trouble; –
truth unchallengeable, changeless Word.
(Job 1:12; 2:6,7; 3:25,26 5:7,17,18 ; 13:25; 14:1)
2) Those at ease display contempt for
one whose way has now turned hard,
and whose feet are slipping, sliding;
kindness, truth these guides discard
as they claim to counsel, speak on
God’s behalf to those in need –
bold, erroneous, trite assertions; –
builders of a crumbling creed.
(6:14,15; 12:5; 13:4, 7-9, 12; 15:8; 16:2; 21:34)
3) How these prosperous brethren scold me,
and assure that all is well
for the upright, – things are cosy;
– yet they claim they cannot tell
how the God who made Orion
can be measured; mysteries
fathomless to human beings
guide his will and wise decrees.
(11:7-9; 19:2; 22:4,5)
4) I’m accused of pride and bluster:
their advice seems vain as wind,
saying comfort, help will follow
once I ask, confess I’ve sinned,
I would not impugn th’Almighty,
but his ways we do not know,
and for reasons past our wisdom
he may send us earthly woe.
(6:26; 8:2,3; 11: 13-17; 16:3; 19:6,7; 40:2-4)
5) I’m not claiming to be perfect.
They will not incline an ear
listen to my turmoil, problems,
and consider what they hear.
Over-confident, convinced that
what they say’s completely right,
but their wisdom is imperfect,
when compared to perfect light.
(9:2; 12:2,3; 13:5;19:3; 21:5; 26:2-4; 28:28)
6) What if I am not rebellious,
and I’m unaware of great
sins that I should strangle, turn from?
– in my suffering I wait,
time and strength devoured, and futile
seem my days and hours of pain:
God is true, forgiving, won’t he
turn my pain to peace again?
(3:26; 6:2,10, 24, 30; 7:3,4,21; 13:23; 16:17; 27:4-6; 30:16,17)
7) Oh, the grief when men forsake you,
draw away, repelled, and mock
at calamities that make you
inarticulate and sick!
Where is pity? Where is honour,
and acknowledgment of past
kindness, wisdom? though I suffer,
there’s no call to look aghast.
(12:4; 16:10,11; 17:2,6; 19:17-21)
8) These accusers, do they realise
their unrighteousness, and plead
mercy for themselves, delighting
that men can from sin be freed?
God of justice pardons sinners.
Rebels will not come, but I
pray sincerely, shunning violence;
and God knows I do not lie.
(14:13-17; 19:29; 31:5-34; and 42:6-8)
9) Who completely understands me?
Who will be my Advocate?
God himself delights in mercy,
though he probes my inward state.
I may feel condemned, disfavoured,
yet I won’t deny his Word.
He may seem to bless the wicked,
but their judgements’s just deferred.
(9:32-35; 12:6; 14:17; 16:19-21; 19:25; 24:22-24)
10) I have clung to his instructions,
treasuring more than daily bread
all his precious words; he tests me,
and he knows the way I’m led,
so I’ll come forth uncorrupted,
gold refined, protected, pure;
fearing, trusting, praying, waiting:
by his grace I will endure.
(6:10; 23:10-12, 15 and 31:5-40)
11) Why do wicked people prosper,
powerful, and admired, well-known,
living long in peace, contentment,
though they say, ‘Leave us alone!’
to their Maker, Judge Almighty,
‘We don’t want to know your ways’,
‘Who is he that we should serve him?
What’s the point of prayer these days?’
(21:7-16 and 22:17,18)
12) God is not unjust, we only
see what happens ’til men die;
God, Creator, made us, and he
does not want to leave us lie
in the grave, or hell forsaken;
those whose sins he’s wrapped up, sealed,
covered over, he prepares for
blessedness that’s still concealed.
(14:14-17; 19:26,27; 24:24)
13) See the godless clinging to a
cobweb fragile, futile, false,
leaning on a hope that’s groundless –
not the truth but something else;
and at last their eyes will fail them,
for escape eludes their skill,
hope illusionary dying,
gasped desire of perverse will.
(8:13-15; 11:20 and 15:31)
14) Evil men are friends of darkness,
and they hide until the night;
actions, faces would be noticed,
recognised in morning light;
but the grave will soon receive them,
they have no assurance firm,
God may let them rest complacent,
but his justice they will learn.
(24:14 -17,19,22-24; 36:20,21)
15) God is just: wait! – for the wicked
will be punished, cease to roar;
no-one ever saw the godly
die deserted evermore.
Then, I shall be vindicated –
resurrected, I will see
God – I know that my Redeemer
ever lives to pray for me.
(4:7,10; 14:14-17; 19:25-29; 23:6)
16) Difficulties and frustrations
may not be remedial rod;
and I felt rebellious, so I
argued bitterly with God,
but when once he overwhelmed me,
opening up his majesty,
how ashamed I felt, and silent,
saw my sin and poverty.
(1:8-2:10; 15:12,13; 27:2; 33:8 – 14; 40:1-5; 42:3,5,6)
17) Still I don’t know all his purpose,
why I had to suffer, though
by these things I learnt to trust him,
love and mercy better know;
learnt to pray that those who made my
troubles worse and suffering more
by their arrogant assertions,
will know Christ, and wisdom sure.
(1:9,10; 2:5; 13:15; 40:1-8; 42:3, 5, 8, 9)
18) Who can guide the constellations?
Who is Judge, and saves and rules?
Who knows wisdom and imparts it?
Shows the lies of prattling fools?
Who is sovereign over Satan? –
though he lets him try to test
faltering saints, but they’re preserved to
persevere, forever blest.
(38:31-33, 36-38; 40:9)
After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. And so he died, old and full of years. 42:16,17
Elihu … became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God. He was also angry with the three friends, because they had found no way to refute Job, and yet had condemned him. … had waited before speaking to Job because they were older than he. 32: 1- 4
Elihu was angry, but waited to speak;
respectful of age, but more thoughtful and meek:
then Job he rebuked for concern to proclaim
his righteousness more than he sought to maintain
the honour and glory and fairness of God,
though troubled, perplexed by the ways of the Lord.
His anger was also against all those three
who could not refute Job, but judged him to be
self-righteous, unrighteous before God, though they
showed little discernment to speak in this way:
God’s wisdom, and sympathy did not display.