Job Chapter 30

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Job 30

1 But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock.

Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?

For want and famine they were solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste.

Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for their meat.

They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;)

To dwell in the cliffs of the valleys, in caves of the earth, and in the rocks.

Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together.

They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth.

And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.

10 They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face.

11 Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me.

12 Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction.

13 They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper.

14 They came upon me as a wide breaking in of waters: in the desolation they rolled themselves upon me.

15 Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passeth away as a cloud.

16 And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me.

17 My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest.

18 By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.

19 He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes.

20 I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not.

21 Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.

22 Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon it, and dissolvest my substance.

23 For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.

24 Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though they cry in his destruction.

25 Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor?

26 When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.

27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.

28 I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried in the congregation.

29 I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.

30 My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.

31 My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.

26 thoughts on “Job Chapter 30

  1. It’s hard not to stare at our circumstances in horror or in confusion just as Job did.
    For sure GOD’S testing process is something no one enjoys, but it’s in these difficult experiences that reveal our weakness and areas which we need to work on. We must not get bitter with GOD but humble ourselves and ask GOD to reveal what HE is trying to teach us in His testing us.

    Paul wrote, ” We glory in tribulations also knowing that tribulation worketh patience.”
    Romans 5:3

    Ecclesiastes 7:14. In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: GOD also hath set the one over against the other,to the end that man should find nothing after him.
    ” Adversity is a great but difficult teacher”

    Job did not realize that as soon as he passed his test there was a promotion awaiting him.

    Thank the LORD that HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT TO SUSTAIN US. 2 Cor.12:9 TURN YOUR EYES TO JESUS HE WILL HELP US PASS .
    THE TEST.

  2. ILove to blog with Jesus

    25 Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor?

    Job reached out to those in need (even though his friends accused him of forsaking the poor.)

  3. Job starts to realize that all that flattering from the past were but mere words. For true friends will be there through good and bad. The true feelings of those so called “admirers” shows through at the valley of his life.

    20 I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not.

    It is my opinion that God ALWAYS hears our fainted cry and ALWAYS knows where we are at. It is us, the humans, that in the mist of our trials will be screaming so much and so loud that we can’t hear His voice; we drown Him out. As a mother I know I watch my child get into a jam from afar and as long as I knew it wasn’t life threatening I let her get in it and watch how she got herself out of it; for it is a learning experience. In the same manner, I believe God watches us during our purification trial, making sure all junk floats to the top and gets dump; it is for our learning, for Patience works perfection. How much more shinny would the gold be without all the junk? In the mist of your troubles ALWAYS remember His promises.

    Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD

    James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

    3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

    4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

  4. Job is not alone in feeling like his prayers are slamming up against an invisible ceiling. David, the psalmist expresses the same lament in Ps 22:1 ” My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? 2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. ” The test hear is: ‘What will we do, when God is silent?’ There is probably nothing worse than feeling like the Almighty God, the only one who can save us, is indifferent to our plight (not responding). Nothing, perhaps, except watching his passivity turn into aggression. Job thinks that God is not only turning a deaf ear to his cries, but also intentionally and maliciously making his life miserable. Ever heard the term “If you ignore the bully he will leave you alone?” that is false, and no I’m not comparing God to a bully. Im trying to express how, if you ignore someone you are bound to get their attention however good or bad it may be. What Job may find brutal, God may see as necessary. Because God is not responding in the matter Job wants him to, it still causes Job to think of God. It sounds like bad attention though, but attention enough, because he still hasn’t given into pressure, but is grumbling. God may be knocking at our door, or walking away..both are intended I believe to grab our attention. God is a gentleman, and He works on His time and will not force himself upon us, Job wants to force God to explain Himself. An important lesson is we cannot force God, but we can cry out to Him.

    To clear the air, Job is being tested by God, for God allowed Satan to torment him, now God is waiting and watching for just His right moment to step in. If only Job knew then what we know now: What he’s accusing God of is actually the work if Satan. God is permitting the enemy to have his way ‘witihin limit of killing him’, but only temporarily. When we too feel shut out of God’s presence and battered by the storm of life, we can remember that the evil forces that hammer us will ultimately be crushed (Rev 20:10) and that if we hold tight to God even if it seems he is ignoring us, when He steps in, we will ultimately be rewarded for our obedience, and perserverance.

  5. My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep. (Job 30:31 KJV)

    Job is saying that his joy and worship are gone. Take hold of your joy and worship church!

    The king shall joy in thy strength, O Lord; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! (Psalm 21:1 KJV)

  6. Job 30:15, 20 KJV

    Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passeth away as a cloud. I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not.
    Deuteronomy 31:8
    …..He will be with thee, He will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
    It has been God’s word which has kept me through the trials of my life, I have hidden His word in my heart. Though my eyes have seen the fear in our lives, our hearts fearing the unknown, the tears that have been, and the prayers sent, wondering as well where is my GOD? BUT, through my trials, through it all, my faith, and trust in GOD has grown. People, family, and friends have failed me, but His Word has stood and always will.

  7. THE CRY OF DESPERATION

    19 He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes.
    20 I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not.
    21 Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.
    22 Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon it, and dissolvest my substance.
    23 For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.

    We can hear in the words of Job the painful cry of desperation. Job again acknowledges the Power and Authority of GOD. Job is confident ot express his feelings toward GOD as we for generations are privileged to peek in and listen to Job’s private feeble cry unto GOD.

    I believe the key to me in this chapter is the level of relationship Job shared with GOD. At first glance it appears to be a charge or complaint against GOD; however after searching deeper I see the worship aspect of Job, as he cries out to GOD; acknowledging the Power and Authority of GOD.

    iPray in times of trial and severe testing, that my relationship is intimate to the level that I will find words of worship and acknowledge the great Power and Authority of GOD. Great Wisdom will recognize GOD for who HE is and where HE reigns. We are dust, HE is life! We are HIS creation, HE is our CREATOR. We are frail, HE is all POWERFUL.

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  8. Job responds once again and speaking out loud about what is happening to him. Verse 31 NIV “My lyre is tuned to mourning, and my pipe to the sound of wailing.” Sometimes we may feel overwhelmed by what we are going through or something that is happening in our lives; but, we must hold onto the one who can turn things around and change the order of things for our good.

    Psalm 30:11 NIV “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,….”

  9. This chapter illustrates despair. Job helped all and now that he was in need all turned their back on him. One should never cast judgment over another but rather help, if not with substance than with a kind word, encouragement and more importantly prayer; “Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way”. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  10. Again this chapter brings to mind the verse: Hebrews 13:5-6 “Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with such things that you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you, nor forsake you,’ so that we may boldly say, ‘The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me
    There are times when we go thru life trails that we (I) feel that God is not there. That is when God is going to see how we (I) am going to handle the trail. Our friends and family may not always be there for us but I know a God that is an ontime God and is there for us.

  11. Psalms 24:7
    Lift up your heads, O ye gates;
    and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors;
    and the King of glory shall come in.

    Be careful who your friends are. The consistent negativity has only drawn job further down in his mind.

    God wants Job to realize he has victory, but Job cannot grasp this until he lifts up his head.

  12. Double the trouble double the blessing!

    Job is in the mist of double trouble. His life on the outside has been turned upside down and his world inside himself is also turned upside down. He has lost family and friends and now he has lost his joy.

    His outward trials have united with hs inward struggles causing him to loose focus of the big picture. When we are in the middle of a trial and going a struggle in our mind we must keep our focus on eternity. Only what we do for Christ will last. Remember God will give us double for our trouble!

  13. How easy it is to lose sight of what the ultimate goal is. Job, while under no definition had it easy, was completely consumed by his situation. All he could dwell upon was the current afflictions, degradations, pain, etc… Do we find ourselves in the same predicament? I know that I am susceptible to wallow in my own pity party. Until something or somebody snaps me out of it and I can then realize what is truly going on. Job, on the other hand, was the leader of the pack for us to follow. He was the first documented allowable torment/test from God. We can use his example to know that God has it all under control. It is only a test.

    Due to Job’s example of how to stay strong towards God’s will, we now know that everything we go through has to have the permission of God first. The Lord trusts us to pull through whatever trial we find ourselves in to slap the devil in the face on the other side. See, you stinking devil, you did not win again… I am still standing, still saved by the grace of God and still in the fight! Even if God decides not to restore me, I will not fail! I will not fall! I will stand for God and His Kingdom!!

  14. Remain faithful

    and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. (1 Peter 1:4-7 NLT)

  15. This passage reminds me of Nicole’s uncle Paschal. He had a rare blood desease that kept him in dialysis, he had many car wrecks so he walked with a bad limp from total leg and hip replacements, he was always in pain. He went to work in spite of the doctors telling him he couldn’t. He helped everyone he could including Nicole and I. He never met a stranger and he was loved by all that new him. With all these Heath problems he still tried to mow the neighbors yard because she had cancer. He was the happiest outgoing man I knew. He reminded me of Job because of how tough life was on him but he gives me strength through his testimony of how happy he was through it all.i pray that none of us have to go through any of that but we can use these examples to lift our spirit when things get tough. My Dad used to tell me when I would complain about anything that someone out there has it worse off than you so you should be thankful. We are blessed and I thank God for that. Let us never take for granted how blessed we are.

  16. 20 I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not.

    21 Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.
    We can see here that job obviously does not understand everything that God is doing in his life. Like us sometimes its hard for us to grasp whats happining when things seem hard. We forget that God is in control and that he will make everything alright. We must remember as Gods word said ” I will never leave you nor forsake you” Gods promise stands strong.

  17. 16 And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me.

    17 My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest.

    Job deals with the pain of misunderstanding here. Those of dishonor or low honor judge him wrongly and come against him, seemingly judging him as below themselves when really they don’t understand what they’re talking about. Job’s former honorable works seem lost to those who have come against him and he seems counted out unfairly. It speaks powerfully about maintaining hope even when others don’t seem to be able to see the whole story (and judge you negatively because of it) and how we must be careful to not be inversely on the giving side of that scenario.

  18. 1 But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock.

    I think that we are given a little insight in this chapter:

    8 They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth.
    9 And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.
    10 They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face.
    11 Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me.
    12 Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction.

    These friends are younger. The ones that came to see all the troubles that have come upon Job, are widows kids, and poor people who are attacking him now.Friends who he had fed, clothed, taught, and poured into while they were young kids.

    Sometimes we will have the oppertunity, to pour into people, and they will turn and attack us later. Maybe even when we look toward them for some encouragement. We must keep our focus on Jesus at all times and not allow anyone to thwart our stance. There is a world full of hurting people out there,( hurting people hurt people), and they need us to see past the pain and anguish that they might cause us and see to the golry that is in Jeuse that he is forming in us….

  19. This reminds me of when my father passed away. It reminded me of how I felt. You think you have lost everything when someone that you lose that close to you. I can’t comprehend That it would be like to lose all of your kids. But on the flip side of it, this is where we have to remember that God is on the thrown and He is in control.

  20. A time of silence

    I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me:
    I stand up, and thou regardest me not.

    There will be times where the Lord will seem to be silent.  That no matter how  you call, He seems to not be there, to not speak.  And it’s not that He is not there because He is always there; He is omnipresent.  He staying silent for a reason, and He is observing… Perhaps this is one of the hardest tests because it seems as if you’re alone. It is here where the Word will sustain you. The promises will carry you through.  God is faithful and He does not lie.  That is why it’s very important to keep the Word engraved in our hearts.  Because His words are health to our bones, his Word is alive.  

    Proverbs 3:
    My son, forget not my law;
    but let thine heart keep my commandments:
    2 For length of days, and long life,
    and peace, shall they add to thee.
    3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee:
    bind them about thy neck;
    write them upon the table of thine heart:

  21. Job is treated injustly by the younger people. He’s being judged, Job knows God is mighty and powerful. He is eager to restore his health he wants to regain what he lost. He hasn’t let faith get in the way of loving God.

  22. Job feels that God has forgotten him. God will not answer him even though he calls out to Him. Sometimes we must be patient for our answer to come. Our time is not God’s time.

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