Job Chapter 4 

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Job 4

Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,

If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?

Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.

Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.

But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.

Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?

Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?

Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.

10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.

11 The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion’s whelps are scattered abroad.

12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.

13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,

14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.

15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:

16 It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,

17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?

18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:

19 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?

20 They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it.

21 Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.

57 thoughts on “Job Chapter 4 

  1. 4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.

    5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
    Practice what you preach!

    I like when people ask me for advice, I really see it an honor that some people would trust me enough to seek advice from me. When i give some folks advice I find a reference or story from the bible and i try to connect the actual situation with the biblical situation. Once I do that I believe it builds trust and builds confidence.
    If i tell one person one thing though and then the next day I don’t go by what I said then shame on me that makes me a hypocrite and that’s not what i’m about I do not wish to be an example in that way. I’m no perfect man so if you have ever seen me do that then I am sorry I’m not perfect but I’m gonna get back up and keep trying harder until I can get it right.

    Go be blessed today in Jesus name

  2. Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker? Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly: How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?
    Job 4:17‭-‬19 KJV
    https://bible.com/bible/1/job.4.17-19.KJV

    And here it is. This is where it gets real. I use to trust what men said. That is where I made a bunch of mistakes. When I trust somebody it’s 100%. There is no in the middle; either I trust them or I don’t. Have I built a clay house on the dust. To many times; did it withstand, a no. We can’t build such a flimsy house on an unsteady foundation. Gid will come along and knock it down: why. He wants us to be firm and rooted: to have our house built upon the rock. Get that foundation good and firm into that rock. And start to build with the chief cornerstone. God always wants better for His children; He always wants His children to be strong and steadfast in His Kingdom. Put man behind you; nod and say ok respectfully. Then get into God’s house ; you/myself are the temple. I need God; not the trust of men. Thank you Jesus.

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  3. Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands. Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees. But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
    Job 4:3‭-‬5 KJV
    https://bible.com/bible/1/job.4.3-5.KJV

    The strongest person you or I know can have weakness, I was told that there is a difference in being sad and depressed, grief is a natural thing when you go through loss, how much has Job lost and on top of that he has painful pussie sores all over his body, I beleive that he deserves to have a cry or two, alot of times people who mean well will try to help but can make it worse, I think he was trying to encourage Job and remind him of how he had been strong in the past for others, I think sometimes you just need someone to pray right there with you, there are some situations that words cant help, until it’s the right moment! This situation was a shhhhh moment let’s pray in the Holy Ghost moment!
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  4. 3. Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.

    4. Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.

    5. But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.

    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.

    This advice is easy to say, hard to follow! God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, but He expects us to try to be perfect. He sees when we are doing our absolute best and then He will step in and help us as only He can.

  5. Job’s fiend blames him. He knows that Job has encouraged people in the past and now it is him that is in trouble. He tells Job that he must have done something wrong because he has a lack of understanding. Many times Pastor has stood from the pulpit when tragedy strikes and told people not to try to tell why it happened. Pastor is warning the congregation not to end up like this friend. So many time we just simply don’t know. It is better for us to not try to figure things out than to strongly say something and lose a beloved saint because we were wrong.

  6. 4:20 they are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever withought any regarding it.
    ——-
    I want God. I want to stick with Him, no matter what.
    He is my hope, in him will I trust. ….

  7. Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?
    Job 4:6 NLT

    Well doesn’t it? We should lead a life of example for God and His glory. People are always watching. Walk in the spirit; walk in confidence, hope, righteousness, love and show everyone what it truly means to live Christ-like.

  8. Job 4 : 17 [ Amp ] Can a mortal man be just before God, or be more right that He is ? Can a man be pure before his Maker, or be more cleansed that He is ? But if we [ really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [ Himself] is in the Light, We have [ true unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses ( removes) us from all sin and guilt [ keeps us from all sin in all its forms and manifested]. If we admit that we have sinned and confess our sins God is faithful to forgive us. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, says the Lord. First the Kingdom.

  9. 8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

    Proverbs 11:18
    18The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.

    Psalms 126:5
    They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

    Galatians 6:7-8
    7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

    These are some of the scriptures that I think of right off my top head that we are going to reap everything that we sow. We have to be aware of the good things and the bad things. It’s stated that we will be judged on every word and every deed that we do and don’t do. I find that when we sow love, blessings, and good deeds we will be blessed of God. But if we sow anger, hatred, disunity, bitterness, and discouragement we will surely reap these things and more to cause us trouble and tribulations. If we seek first the kingdom of God we will surely be filled with the righteousness of God. We have to continue to press forward to show the love of God regardless how tough things are in our lives. Remember that we can’t out give God in anything we do.

    I love the Kingdom!

  10. Give power to God even in the midst of trouble

    “In the past you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak. Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees. But now when trouble strikes, you lose heart. You are terrified when it touches you. Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope? “Stop and think! Do the innocent die? When have the upright been destroyed? My experience shows that those who plant trouble and cultivate evil will harvest the same. A breath from God destroys them. They vanish in a blast of his anger.
    Job 4:3‭-‬9 NLT
    https://bible.com/bible/116/job.4.3-9.NLT

  11. 3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.
    4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.

    Job was so righteous that he sacrificed for his children and glorified God at all times, but what sticks out here is that Job was a lifter up of arms. He encouraged others and taught them in the the ways of God. Perhaps this is one of his most admirable things about him, he was there to teach and lift up his brethren. All throughout scripture you will see the word of God telling us to reach out to each other and lift one another up. The church should be no different, we should love one another with such dedication and honor.

  12. 3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.

    4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.

    5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.

    6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?

    We can’t always trust our mind, that’s why we pray for guidance in any situation. I’m human and I know I can still make mistakes but by keeping a close relationship with Jesus I know blessed.

  13. “In the past you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak. Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees.
    Job 4:3‭-‬4 NLT
    Lead of a example.
    Many times we get caught on telling people the right way to do things any we don’t even do it’s ourselves .

  14. If you ever read the story the 3 little pigs you would know that they were 3 pigs and 3 houses
    1 pig build a house of Straw
    2 pig build a house from sticks
    3 pig build a house from bricks
    Lets look at it in a spiritual p.o.v
    The straw house was very weak no prayer time, no word of God, no church
    The stick house was stronger but still weak
    Some prayer time , a few bible verses a day, church every sunday morning
    The brick house was very strong Prayer time
    Always has face in bible church every chance they get
    Always Growing with God.
    So when the enemy tried to knock them down God said nope not my child . You Gotta have a strong Foundation with God. Don’t blame the enemy . And always trust in God

  15. Job 4
    The gift of true friendship.Really?
    Jobs friend begins by reminding him of all the advise he had given others. In other words “Practice what you preach”! Or Leading while Bleeding! Then he proceeds to turn a spotlight on his friend and question his integrity!
    Should the friends remain silent or speak? Touchy situation we all probably have been in something our life.
    At this point do we not think that just a reassuring touch or I’m here for you would have been appropriate instead of trying to access why Job was having all of this trouble.
    There are some you stay away from especially if your spirit may be low even in ministry. There are those who appear they have never had a trouble in there life. I believe that God teaches us many lessons through trials we do go through . Do I truly understand the complete reasoning. No! Is this trial or testing time to help someone else?
    Again I’m sure everyone has felt the same. Yet even in the midst of a trial God will use the most unlikely person to bring just a breath of fresh air. Just for a even a brief moment and it gives you just enough to say thank you God You were there at the precise moment.
    Job’s friend ? Or Job’s friend!
    Will I stand as the adversary or as a friend. Recently tslking with someone they asked me a question they had just bore their heart to me. The question “do you think I am a bad person?”
    I wonder if this is the thoughts of Job as his friends approached him? Oh that I myself take a look at myself ? Friend or Foe?

    Romans 15:13 ESV
    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

    Proverbs 27:17 ESV
    Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

    Hebrews 3:13 ESV
    But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,”

    Acts 15:32 ESV

    And Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with many words.

    John 16:33 ESV

    I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

  16. “In the past you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak. Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees. But now when trouble strikes, you lose heart. You are terrified when it touches you. Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?
    Job 4:3‭-‬6 NLT
    https://bible.com/bible/116/job.4.3-6.NLT

    When the Bible says that the rain falls on the just and the unjust it doesn’t say how hard or how long that rain falls. I pray none of us have to go through the struggles that joke went through prayers are commitment to God that we do have to remember that through it all He is always with us:-)

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    15Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:
    16It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying…

    Come on Y’all you have to “test” the spirits. You can’t afford to just listen to any spirit out there. The Word says in 1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
    1Ti 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils…

    Job’s friend might have heard from a spirit, but that isn’t necessarily a good thing. We have to be careful in this world and only entertain the spirit of God in a good heart.

  18. 3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.
    4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.
    5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
    6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?
    7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?
    8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
    9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.

    Just because we are Gods children, doesnt mean we wont go through things. I have seen so many upright Godly people go through so pretty tough times. That is why as Jobs friend did, remind him of all the good things that he did, and how God is no respecter of person. Life and death come to all at some point in time. This is why is is so important to make sure that we are seeking after God, His Kingdom, and maintaining your alter. You never know when that time will come. So today and every day after, I chose to follow God, and His Word.

  19. As friends and fellow Christians we should be slow to point our finger at others. All have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God. However, in the face of obvious sin we must condemn it and also help those involved to overcome it.

  20. 3 “In the past you have encouraged many people;
    you have strengthened those who were weak.
    4 Your words have supported those who were falling;
    you encouraged those with shaky knees.
    5 But now when trouble strikes, you lose heart.

    People know us by our actions!!! Actions are stronger than words. You can say you have faith but if your always crying and complaining about everything not so much action in faith!!! Everything we do and don’t do affect those around us. We may not even realize it but people are always watching us and every act, word, decision, prayer, fast, affects those around us. Don’t let the devil deceive you and steal what God has given you.

  21. We will be judged.

    3-5 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands. Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees. But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.

    Oh, look at you mighty teacher – faith warrior! You have taught and preached on how faith in God the answer to everything but when trouble falls on your house – you fall like the weakest of us.

    Is this fair? Are leaders not allowed to have faults? Are leaders supposed to be so weathered and experienced they have no human traits left? People want to be leader so quickly and obtain titles but most of the time they do not count the cost of leadership. Every action, decision and idle word are subject to scrutiny.

  22. FIRST THE KINGDOM
    THE PERILS OF MINISTRY

    3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.
    4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.
    5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.

    MINISTRY is summarized by SERVING: Serving GOD and Serving Others. Serving does not come with a money back guarantee, special exemptions or unrealistic expectations. Ministry is the opportunity to assist someone else in the time of need; whether spiritual, emotional, physical or financial. Ministry is serving and making others lives hopeful in JESUS our Lord.

    We learn from Eliphaz’s summary of Jobs Ministry opportunities that Job was an active Minister of HOPE.

    BUT

    The Picture Changes

    When the Peril comes on the Minister, can we Minister when under pressure, when trouble or perils fall upon us.

    The phrase “eat your own words” is usually applied to a situation that those words are bitter and wrong.

    BUT

    The Picture Changes

    What if “eat your own words” means words of PEACE, JOY and HOPE. The words we have served to others often become our own saving HOPE.

    Speak LIFE today! Speak LIFE to hopeless, helpless and hurting. No doubt the WORD of GOD is TRUE:

    Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

    THE PERILS OF MINISTRY is the challenge and opportunity to Minister and Serve even when your own heart is pained and broken. Maybe we need to eat some of our own WORDS of encouragement and hope from the eternal WORD of GOD.

    The prophet Jeremiah found JOY in eating the WORD of GOD.

    Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

    Psalms 119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

    Eat This BOOK!

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  23. Job 4:2 If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?

    Job’s life Is a picture of encouragement to everyone who has ever suffered—especially those who have been criticized unjustly by others.
    The initial silence of Job’s friends reminds us that sometimes it is better to say nothing, rather than say the wrong thing. Only God knows the reason for our suffering, and we must trust Him despite our circumstances.

    Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, and the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

  24. MSG – 4 1-6 Then Eliphaz from Teman spoke up:

    “Would you mind if I said something to you?
    Under the circumstances it’s hard to keep quiet.
    You yourself have done this plenty of times, spoken words
    that clarify, encouraged those who were about to quit.
    Your words have put stumbling people on their feet,
    put fresh hope in people about to collapse.
    But now you’re the one in trouble—you’re hurting!
    You’ve been hit hard and you’re reeling from the blow.
    But shouldn’t your devout life give you confidence now?
    Shouldn’t your exemplary life give you hope?

    I’m thankful for friends that have enough God in them to lift someone up when they seemed to be overtaken by the current storm in their life. It’s one thing to give advice to others, it seems to be another thing when you have to eat your words and live that same advice. Sometimes God has to use someone to kick our faith in the pants and open our eyes to see that it’s just a test and we must keep our focus.
    God is as real in the crumb as He is the entire loaf of bread, so even if all you can hold on to is one crumb of faith, keep the faith and believe that all things work together for the good of those who are called according to His purpose and He will bring you out.

    I’VE BEEN THRU THE FIRE BUT I GOT OUT
    I’VE BEEN THRU THE FIRE BUT I GOT OUT
    NO MATTER WHAT YOU’RE GOING THRU
    HE’S GONNA MAKE A WAY FOR YOU
    AND SOON YOU’RE GONNA SAY – I GOT OUT

  25. 12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.

    I’m not sure about you, but as a youngster well into my adult age I had to learn through trial and error who I could share secrets with. Some you would tell and they couldn’t wait to share the information with someone other than you, others didn’t care, and lastly someone who had your best interest at heart, who wants the best for you.

    How does Jesus feel about you, when He tries to share something with you?
    Do you run and tell someone else, could you careless, or it is just as important to you?

    BUT before He can ever share anything with you personally, you must FIRST have an ALTAR. Through our individual altars, relationship is made, communication happens, and friendship established.

  26. 1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,

    2 If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?

    3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.

    4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.

    5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.

    6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?

  27. 9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.

    10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.

  28. ““Behold, you have admonished and instructed many, And you have strengthened weak hands. “Your words have helped the one who was stumbling to stand, And you have strengthened feeble knees. “But now adversity comes upon you, and you are impatient and intolerant; It touches you, and you are horrified. “Is not your fear of God your confidence, And [is not] the integrity and uprightness of your ways your hope?”
    ‭‭JOB‬ ‭4:3-6‬ ‭AMP‬‬

    Where is your hope?

    Many times we find it easy to encourage others, but difficult to encourage ourselves.
    We find it easy to love others, but struggle to love ourselves like we should.

    This is where “practicing what you preach” comes in to play. If I’m going to tell others to walk in joy, I better be walking in it too. If I’m going to tell others to love who God created them to be, than I need to follow that as well.

    Life can get difficult and yes, we are strengthened by eachother. But there may not always be someone there to pick you up, we must encourage ourselves!

    “I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭26:2‬ ‭KJV‬‬

  29. “Stop and think! Do the innocent die? When have the upright been destroyed? My experience shows that those who plant trouble and cultivate evil will harvest the same.
    Job 4:7‭-‬8 NLT

    We must always be careful when applying our experience to someone else’s problem. It is hubris to assume that just because we haven’t experienced something it cannot be true, and just as haughty to presume that we know what a person is going through and why. The Word God gave us in our night season may not apply to their situation just because we assume it should, and any word we give to someone who is suffering should be given humbly without any assumptions or presumptions at all.

    I grew up hearing an old Indian proverb that says, “Never judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins.” Likewise, the Word of God says that we should be quick to listen [without judgment] and slow to speak. For often, empathy is better than advice, and a compassionate hug better than well-intentioned but highly vain and ignorant assessments of another’s situation (ignorant, in that rarely do we have a heavenly view of God’s intentions).

    The truth is that bad things do happen to good people, the righteous are called to suffer, and living a godly life does not guarantee living a carefree life. (All we have to do is read the New Testament to know this is true.) Job wasn’t suffering because God was punishing him for sin; rather, it was because God saw a maturity in him that could be nurtured into a greater faith and relationship.

    In this story, we have the benefit of seeing what was going on in Heaven. However, neither Job nor his friends had that insight; they were in the dark as to the true cause of Job’s suffering. In fact, since Moses is thought to be the likely author of the book, we don’t know that Job ever received this revelation in his lifetime. This shows us that the inducement of Job’s suffering was not as important as the outcome, and sometimes asking God “why” we are suffering is not as appropriate as asking God “what” we should learn and “how” we can respond in a way that will bring us closer to Him. To this end, Job came through his suffering with a new revelation of God and himself: “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes,” (42:5‭-‬6).

  30. 19 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?

    This is such a powerful thought. We need to have a good foundation to build upon. If we do not have a good strong foundation then anything we build will be weak and unstable. We need to have stability. We need to stand strong. In these days will have to rely on God and His strength. More and more are our religious beliefs being limited. This is a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah and we must hold on to our roots and foundation to stay stable. Make sure your alter is strong, make sure you are living what you are teaching. Don’t give into temptation and be distracted by other things. Stay focused and don’t let your house be weak.

  31. 1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
    2 If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?
    3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.
    4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.
    5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
    6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?
    7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?

    1Peter 4:12 Beloved think it not strange concerning the firey trail which is to try you as though some strange thing happened unto you.

  32. Job 4:3-6 (NLT)
    3) In the past you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak.
    4) Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees.
    5) But now when trouble strikes, you lose heart. You are terrified when it touches you.
    6) Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?

    One things for sure, no matter if you are encouraging, strengthening, or supporting others, or trouble comes and you feel a little faint of heart, we must keep our CONFIDENCE and HOPE fixed on God.
    So in the good times and in the bad times, keep TRUSTING in God and keep your CONFIDENCE and HOPE in HIM!!

  33. Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.

    4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.

    5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.

    6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?

    7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?

    8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

    9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.

  34. 3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.

    4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.

    5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.

    6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?

    7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?

    8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

    9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.

  35. “Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope? “Stop and think! Do the innocent die? When have the upright been destroyed? My experience shows that those who plant trouble and cultivate evil will harvest the same.”
    ‭‭-Job‬ ‭4:6-8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    Jesus will never forsake His people! God’s people will always be victorious! Maybe things don’t look good in your situation right but you will come out victorious!

  36. Job 4:3-4
    3) Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.
    4) Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.

    We should always uplift our fellow Christians, even when correcting them, and encourage them.

  37. Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,

    2 If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?

    3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.

    4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.

    5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.

    6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?

    7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?

    8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

    Satan undertook to prove Job a hypocrite by afflicting him; and his friends concluded him to be one because he was so afflicted, and showed impatience. This we must keep in mind if we would understand what passed. Eliphaz speaks of Job, and his afflicted condition, with tenderness; but charges him with weakness and faint-heartedness. Men make few allowances for those who have taught others. Even pious friends will count that only a touch which we feel as a wound. Learn from hence to draw off the mind of a sufferer from brooding over the affliction, to look at the God of mercies in the affliction. And how can this be done so well as by looking to Christ Jesus, in whose unequalled sorrows every child of God soonest learns to forget his own?

  38. 4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.

    As Men and Woman of God we know that our words have power in what we say. So this scripture lets me know taht Job was strengthened by the words of his friends or he may have been cut down at times. But we need to speak life and not death. Jesus needs to be heard through our words.

  39. My experience shows that those who plant trouble and cultivate evil will harvest the same.
    Job 4:8 NLT

    This is a true statement, but to assume it about Job is wrong. It has been said, “Bad things happen to good people,” and God is sovereign. Life doesn’t always make sense to us, but it does to God. Job showed he had a handle on this when he said, “Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” There are many reasons why we go through difficult times. Only God knows the real reason.

  40. 5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.

    It would be normal for a while person to show up to comfort a distressed friend. After all, Eliphaz, has seen and heard the things Job has done for God. Job strengthened people, taught them and encouraged them with righteousness and wisdom. They have never seen Job in such a miserable place. Naturally, they think it must be judgment for some sin. Spiritually they are not understanding what God is actually doing. They can offer no real spiritual guidance as we can see in the later part of this chapter. If Eliphaz would have been more concerned with encouraging and building up Job like he did others, things would have went better.

  41. “My experience shows that those who plant trouble and cultivate evil will harvest the same.”
    ‭‭Job‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    With friends like this, Job did not need enemies. His friend was accusing him of sin. Iniquity here, was speaking of both physical and spiritual evil. He was saying, “you reap, what you sow”. He was convinced that Job had sinned and was refusing to repent of that sin.
    We as Christian we need to be careful what we say to those who are in a position like Job.

  42. Perception and perspective

    5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.

    6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?

    If you are so holy and perfect then why has all this trouble come upon you? This is a constant attack from our families and friends. We have been accused this way plenty of times from family. It is the first thing that comes up when a storm hits. No one can believe that You can be living a clean and holy lifestyle and you are dealing with trouble. I always remember I heard a preacher say that you shouldn’t trust a man of God that doesn’t walk with a limp. My father used to tell us that you never see a mans character tested until you see him deal with trouble or his mistakes. A Christians faith is not tested in the good times, rather in the storm.

  43. 17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?

    We cannot be more than God in any way. Just like we cannot do enough God to be worthy of the grace He freely gives us. He is the maker of all things and He is pure in all things. Thank you Jesus for grace and mercy.

  44. “how much less will he trust people made of clay! They are made of dust, crushed as easily as a moth. They are alive in the morning but dead by evening, gone forever without a trace.”(Job‬ ‭4:19-20‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

  45. Don’t believe the lies….

    While engaging in thought, after reading these portions of scripture, it really captivates my thoughts as to how we sometimes automatically tend to judge or bring to point of assuming thoughts and ideas concerning a particular hardship that a fellow brother in Christ may be confronting.

    It does cause a certain despair when this becomes evident. At times the passing of judgment that perhaps they have failed God or that it perhaps is indicative that he/she has committed some type of sin thus they are going through a trail.

    As I read this chapter, I noticed how he that was called the friend of Job, Eliphaz conversed with Job. The obvious suggested that Job had some sort of sin in his life at that particular moment. Or perhaps that he had sinned against God, therefore these were the repercussions of that “sin”.

    But as I have read in the previous chapters, God stated have you considered my servant Job? He that is upright, he that is pure, he that is perfect? He goes on to indicate that there is no one like him. He is blameless and faultless, essentially perfect.

    Sometimes in my personal opinion if we are not careful the enemy will try to convince and deceive that we are certainly cut off, that we have no hope, that perhaps we have no further position in God.

    All of this, for the cause of a season that we are to go through. Valleys are not a happy place, they are dark and grim. Lot of times that’s were Satan likes to show up and begins to try and mechanic thoughts in our minds to try to deceive us.

    These passages shed light to me as to how we must be careful when we are passing through difficult times as such, for in moments like this God may be doing a particular work in our life that may not have anything to do with sin, or the devil.

    Also it is imperative to me that we watch who we allow to speak into our lives, I am of the opinion personally that I am to adhere and submit to the voice of authority in my life. The Pastor/Shepard is the one who I deem safe to listen to as God is directing him. We ought not listen to just anyone, dangerous activity their friends.

    We all know that the enemy only comes but for steal, kill and destroy. Even a word or a seed that God would so give by the voice of authority can be robbed from us, it can be destroyed because we open ourselves to certain voices that we should shun out and not give ear to listen.

    A word or promise that we are given we are to take care of it. Satan my cause doubt to come into our lives that we may question our stance or position in God we have to be careful.

    I know the adversary would like to twist and falsify any hope or promise that we have in God that’s his job. But I have a friend that watches over me so I will continue to place my trust in the creator of the universe!

    We have got to watch who is speaking to us… it could be a lie.

    Satan is a liar, but sometimes he also has mouth pieces that he uses within close proximity must be careful.

    Don’t believe the lies.

    Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

  46. 8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

    God is not mocked, whatever a man sows he shall reap. It is the devil the enemy and deceiver that will try and say the contrary. What happened to this or what happened to that? Did you not pray and believe over this ? Did you not trust the word that was preached and you acted and nothing happened. But all it’s all lies. Becuase God cannot be mocked. We must know that we shall reap I’d we faint not. However we must understand that when we sow it goes underground and the there is no light there seems to be no fruit of those prayers, of those words, of those actions… it is the tears on your prayers when you cry out to God that waters all your seeds, But it is God who is working in the dark and giving the growth. The growth to your character, the growth to your situation, the growth to your miracle, the growth to your prayer. In the night time after the seeds has been planted, after it felt the water is when the growth happens. In the natural we wake up and notice the grass that it has grown over night. Even when we don’t see it He’s working! When we find ourselves in pain we ought to push. Keep going. Pray until something happens, and Praise until something happens.

    Keep praying, keep praising, keep watering, and by all means keep sowing for if the devil comes and tells you otherwise, you know he is the father of lies. Therefore even he sees that it’s working and he’s trying to distract and discourage that you may stop the mighty works God is doing through you.

    Yet at the scent of water it will bud And bring forth branches like a plant.
    Job 14:9 NKJV

    Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
    Galatians 6:7 NKJV
    https://bible.com/bible/114/gal.6.7.NKJV

  47. During one if the toughest times of Job’s life he was ready to throw in the towel and give up on life but he had a friend that had a word of encouragement for him. This is a great chapter reminding us that we should always be there to lift each other up in prayer and support when we see fellow believers down for the count. Our job is to lift each other up not walk past one another and say “oh well, better you than me.” Show love, compassion, and be the strength somebody needs today.

  48. 3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.

    As leaders this should be on the top of our To-Do list!! Instructing and teaching others so that one day they may teach others. Strengthening weak hands and giving them the tools and the means to do better. As leaders we are to teach and lead. Not to prove that we can and not to be the best but to develop others to be better at who and what they are! A true leader instructs and strengthens.

  49. Verses 1-6 MSG “Then Eliphaz from Teman spoke up: “Would you mind if I said something to you? Under the circumstances it’s hard to keep quiet. You yourself have done this plenty of times, spoken words that clarify, encouraged those who were about to quit. Your words have put stumbling people on their feet, put fresh hope in people about to collapse. But now you’re the one in trouble—you’re hurting! You’ve been hit hard and you’re reeling from the blow. But shouldn’t your devout life give you confidence now? Shouldn’t your exemplary life give you hope?” Just because your living right, doesn’t mean you’ll be exempt from trials. Stay strong and trust in the one who is in control of all……Jesus.

  50. 3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.
    4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.
    5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.

  51. “If we dare to converse with you, will you be impatient [or offended]? But who can restrain himself from speaking? Behold, you have admonished and instructed many, And you have strengthened weak hands. Your words have helped the one who was stumbling to stand, And you have strengthened feeble knees. But now adversity comes upon you, and you are impatient and intolerant; It touches you, and you are horrified. Is not your fear of God your confidence, And [is not] the integrity and uprightness of your ways your hope?
    JOB 4:2‭-‬6 AMP

    Practice what you preach. How is it that we can unlift others but find it difficult to uplift ourselves? Its odd. Kind of sad really. Our integraty and confidence goes out the window when we are brought to our lowest levels of harship. Its like we dont see potential in ourselves at least not like we see in others. Our trust faith and hope seem to deminish when we dont see a way out. That last verse tho, is not your fear of God your confidence and is not your integrity and unrightness of your ways your hope, have you lost your respect for God and the respect for yourself to look at the situation and say it will be allright because i serve a mighty God. Can i not pick myself up like i do others?

  52. It is quite interesting to me how Eliphaz was considered and was counted as among the wise. He expressly came to check on his friend Job.
    Personally I suppose after reading these passages, what words could he have spoken to remedy the situation? It is my assumption, it must have been difficult as he was dealing and having to communicate with a man that was perfect, blameless. A perfect man in the eyes of God.

    What can you possibly say? What type of advice to give? Gee must have been tough for Eliphaz. What could you possibly advise him on? He was perfect, pure and without fault.

    However reading further into this I find that the council that he did finally give Job was incorrect. At best, the only thought or suggestion he could offer was that without doubt Job was committing sin, as this condition that he found himself in was attributed to it.

    Possibly, and just something that I cannot help to think after the process of losing everything, health, and assets. The continuation of affliction carried on, Job being fully aware and knowing how he was committed to God to a degree of perfection, however now a “friend” comes along and this friend with apparent exceeding wisdom is serving only to question the possibilities that sin could be existent.

    However, back tracking to the beginning, Job was described as one who eschewed evil. Meaning he abstained, rejected, deliberately renounced and abandoned sin.

    Yet the council of his buddy suggested that it could be a sin factor.

    It amazes me, doubt and question can rattle our mind if not careful.

    Upon looking at this, it is to be appreciated, that Job confronted so many negative elements, losing all that he had, and now his faith and commitment were to be questioned. Yet in all he remained faithful.

    I have to assume that while Job’s commitment and faith were questioned this had to have also been painful in its own regard.

    Powerful example that Job gives us. The man was committed!

  53. “Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?”
    ‭‭Job‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    We must recall to our minds the promises of God. And think on good things. Remember what He has done for you or others. Encourage yourself with those things.

    “Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:25‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”
    ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8-9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  54. 2“Will you be patient and let me say a word?For who could keep from speaking out?

    Wonder how many times God tells himself this, when trying to speak to you. We may go on and on about something, and never letting God speak to us. We have to learn to be patient, and do God’s will, and in his time.

  55. Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.

    5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.

    6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?

    7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?

    8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

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