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What was the One Job of Job?
Was it to endure patiently? Are we to have the patience of Job? Was Job as many teach, just to suffer, for the Lord?
I realize it’s early, but I have been awake since around four. What woke me out of a sound sleep? I have no idea, but someone was on my mind.
I saw a face in my mind. I’m not really all that great in praying or for other people. It’s not that I won’t or don’t, it’s just that I’m not very good at it. I’m not real consistent. And sticking with a job until, the job gets done is not, one of my long suits, strengths or characteristics. I do know some that are good at praying for others and if I know them, trust me, I have already contacted them about you and they are, praying for you!
In my past, there were many times when I actually saw someone who reminded me of someone who I knew. I didn’t know why, I would be seeing these odd look-a-likes, so I just started praying for them.
I’m sure you’ve heard the line, “God works in mysterious ways,” and I don’t know where that line came from, but it seems to me that in my experience, if God wanted me to pray for someone, he would put me or someone on the same path who reminded me of someone I knew and I would just start praying for them. I don’t know, maybe God thinks it’s fun and funny to look around to see who’s awake or wake them up like me, to pray, even if it’s four o’clock in the morning. LOL 🙂
By prayer I mean, not the regular kind, the pray with folded hands on my knobby knees prayers, praying with my understanding prayers, but perfect prayer. What? Is there such a thing? Why yes, yes there is. I am referring to what the Bible calls, “speaking in tongues” and praying in the spirit or praying spiritually.
“Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.”
I Corinthians 14:14-15 KJV
So I spoke in tongues, for my friend, silently to myself.
Now my prayers with my understanding might generally suck, but the spirit in me knows what to pray for, so I would just start speaking in tongues. And I did and I do, particularly when God reminds me. LOL 🙂
And then I started thinking about Job.
I know it might suck right now being you and going through all that you are. But sometimes, it’s not about us and what we need, but what others need. There have been and there are people, who have, are or will endure equal to what you are going through and some even greater. There as it is said, someone that’s worse off than you. We can each come up with our own examples.
Job was an example to Jesus Christ.
Both men had to endure a lot physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Both were guiltless and blameless, but they had to go through, what they had to go through.
Job and Jesus were both surrounded by what Job called, ”miserable comforters.” Family and friends though well intentional, may still be like these, sometimes. Many people talk and teach and preach about the patience of Job. Now I get it that to endure, one has to have patience, but there is something far greater about Job, about the book of Job and about the parallels between Job and Jesus Christ.
But it wasn’t patience that delivered either man! It was prayer! Prayer not for self, but for others like the many that are praying right now, for you.
I was once diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD). My prognosis was not good. It was to be— dialysis, a slim chance of a transplant, I was to inform my immediate family because, it’s supposed to be genetic, I was told not to have any children and not to expect, to live much longer than five years. I guess you now realize that I’m still here? 🙂
As a matter of fact, I have out-lived the physician that diagnosed me initially. He passed away in January of this year.
Oh sure, science and medicine and doctors can be wrong. They don’t know everything. But my diagnosis and my prognosis did not come from just one person. It came from many and many tests and from a multiple number of records that I carried with me, in the trunk of my car, for almost two years. Having had procedures and tests after tests and from many different specialists across several states, I would say there was a consensus. They all concurred that I did indeed, have PKD. After all, I had originally been diagnosed by then world’s foremost authority on the disease. He was then, part of Kansas Medical Center, in Kansas City, Kansas. His name was Dr. Jared James Grantham, 1936 – 2017. Look him up up. He had a very impressive career and co-founded the PKD Institute, the first of its kind. My records had been seen from countless specialists including, the then world-renowned radiologist, from Germany. I had to be checked every 6 months to see if the cysts had increased in size or number. Then it happened.
Per all doctors suggestions, I was to make an appointment every six months with a nephrologist, no matter what state I might be living in, at the time. At that time, I was in Michigan, Kalamazoo to be more precise. I made the appointment with a new physician, a specialist whom I had been referred to. He ordered an ultrasound which was done, on my birthday at a hospital that had the required equipment and with whom he had professional privileges. On the day, I took out my hefty records from the trunk of my car. I had the ultrasound done. I waited quietly in a hospital bed, for the results. One by one, I saw a group of colleagues come into my room. Not a one of them ever addressed me or even looked in my direction. Instead, they pored over my records and my latest ultrasound, along with the specialist who had ordered the test. Then, one by one, they all filed out of the room, still never saying a single word to me nor even glancing over in my direction. How rude! Then, the nephrologist I had the appointment with, turned and walked towards me. He was visibly upset. No, in fact, he was angry when he spoke to me. He told me that he did not know what my problem was and to get up, get out and never waste his time or that of his colleagues, ever again. Confused was I, when I asked him what he was talking about??? He at point-blank range and with a red face, angrily answered and told me that I was not fooling anyone, “You are not the same person whose records you have, for whatever your misguided reasons are in carrying around, and you have tried to falsely dump on us here. You are an insult to medicine and what we are trying to do, in helping people.”
He would not believe that those records were mine. He insisted, NO, he was adamant, about my leaving immediately, before threatening to call security. As I got up and dressed, the only other thing I could get from him was how he could say my records were not mine? His answer was, the ultrasound that I just took, did NOTmatch the records I brought. “It shows a marked decrease in size and numbers of cysts and that sir, is a medical impossibility, now LEAVE, he demanded and yelled at me rather loudly!!!.
Oh, could have my last ultrasound been mistakenly swapped or misread? Sure. But that was in 1994, over 20 years ago and I have already lived four times longer, than I was expected to. You just go right ahead and believe what you want and think what you want. As for me, to use a line perhaps familiar to you and one that I could not track down its source…
“God’s not finished with me yet.”
OK, so what does any of this have to do with Job, Jesus Christ and prayer? When I first was seen in an emergency room at a Baltimore, Maryland hospital, I had been sleepless from the pain in my lower right side, which had persisted and grown over the course of 24 four hours. Against advice of those I was staying with at the time and not wanting to wake them up, I drove myself to the hospital, early in the morning, before the rooster was awake. In route, the pain suddenly became so intense, I momentarily went blind and only recovered my sight, just in time, to miss hitting a telephone pole at 50 mph.
I had tests at the hospital and they were not conclusive. My attending trauma room physician, a female, thought it was just a kidney stone and told me, “This is the closest you will ever get to understanding what it’s like to give birth!” Well, it wasn’t a kidney stone, probably a bursting cyst, a kidney cyst, but not a stone. So two years after this, I walked out of that hospital in Michigan, on my birthday, and I’ve never had another issue since. I’m still here and I’m still alive.
But during the times of which I was originally diagnosed and given my not-so-nice prognosis, I had to come to grips with the fact that I was dying. Then, something I had heard before that was so profound to me, but that which I did not and could not understand, came to my mind…
“Life is worth living, even if you’re dying.”
Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille
Then, I understood. Then I could relate. Then I could say this as if I, was the first to say it, “Life was worth living even,” though I was dying! Where was the prayer or prayers in any of this? Only my immediate family and medical professionals knew these things. Who if anyone was praying for me? Me? No, not me, I was just preparing myself to not live much longer than five more years and pass about the age of forty. But I’ll tell you what, somewhere, someone or some unknown number of people, maybe who did not even know me, were praying for me! Maybe they were good at praying and God worked in them to pray for me? Maybe they were just awake at all hours of the day or night and prayed for me? Maybe like me, as for my friend, God woke me up early in the morning and I saw my friend’s face in my mind. So I prayed.
Oh, I am so glad to still be around and still here, to write this today. And I am grateful to God because, He loves me, but mostly I believe, my life was spared BECAUSE, I had a lot left that God wanted me to do, for others.
For those of you that might find yourselves in a similar situation, I say, FIGHT!
Fight! If not for yourself, fight for others because, you are needed. Life is worth living, even if you are dying, FIGHT! Fight like Job did and Jesus Christ did! Fight for others and pray for them.
In the Old Testament, people looked for the first coming of Jesus Christ, the promised seed of the woman, the redeemer, the fulfill-er of the law, the king of Judah, the Passover Lamb, the High Priest, and more, and the son of the Most High God. What, if any, were their benefits in looking for something and someone, who had not yet come?
”But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
Isaiah 53:5 King James Version (KJV)
The Old Testament believers looked for his coming and in the present tense, they would have said, “we are healed.” All manner of sickness in part or in full is, death. All manner of healing is, life in part or in full. The “looking for” is prayer. Prayer is believing. Believing is a verb. A verb connotes action. Love activates, both our believing and our hope.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:1 KJV
“Faith” is the Greek word pistis and in this context, it should be translated as “believing.”
“Now believing is the title-deed, the proof of things prayed for (believed for), the evidence they are yours, before they are seen.”
Hebrews 11:1 Translation according to usage
If we own a home, we know it, often before we even take possession of it or even see it for the very first time because, we have proof, we have the title-deed. Both believing and hope are similar in this regard. Both are dependent NOT on what our five senses may or may not tell us, but what does God say? What does His Word say? What are His promises that His Word says we can believe for, in the present? What are His promises that His Word says we can hope for, in the future? Both have benefits for the present.
The old Testament believers looked, for his first coming. They believed, they hoped for; they prayed, for something coming in the future, something and someone who was then not yet available and because of it, the Psalmist said this…
“They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.”
Today, we, the New Testament believers, look for his second coming, his return. We too must still believe for, hope for, pray for things and someone and others that our five senses may tell us are not available or is not possible now. But instead of only looking for him to return, we also look back at what he has already done, already accomplished for us; has already made possible!
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
I Peter 2:24 KJV
WOW, around forty-five years ago, a woman picked me up hitchhiking, twice in the same week and in two different cars. It was odd enough that a woman picked me up. But twice in the same week? In two different cars? Well, by the second time, to me, it was as if she was no longer a stranger. I was more apt to open up to her since now, all of a sudden, she seemed familiar to me? Well, this second time, I had just left my dermatologist’s (allergist’s) office. I joke with people that before I could read, if I even passed by a sign that said grass or used the word allergy, I would start sneezing or break out into hives or some symptom, of yet another thing I was allergic too. 🙂
I think I was allergic to being allergic. But at the allergist’s office, I took off my shirt and laid face down on a table. They pricked my skin on my back with a lot of little tiny needles that had drops of various allergens. I think the test was called, ‘The Western Series?’ The point was, to see what if I reacted to any or all of them. What? I felt like such a fool. I think I already knew what I was allergic to. My prescription? The doctor told me to avoid those things I was allergic to and to move about every 2 years, so I just avoided becoming acclimatized to the area, for it would take about two years, for me to show new symptoms from some new allergen.
So, there I was in this car, telling my troubles to a perfect stranger (almost). I’ll never forget this. She rather sternly looked at me and demanded to know the answers to the questions, she next asked of me.
“Are you a Christian,” she asked? I answered, “I think so, I hope so!” I suppose, I thought I should appear humble, as this is all I thought I could say; was allowed to say. You don’t want to get cocky with God right about being sure of anything right? She then seemed to burn a hole through my eyes and through the back of my head with her eyes. “Well don’t you know that by “by his stripes you were healed,” she angrily rebukingly asked?! Time seemed to suddenly stand still for me. I honestly felt at that moment, I was the only one left on the entire planet that did not know this! And I had never heard anyone, preacher, pastor, priest and etc., male or female ever say anything about the Bible, with such authority and conviction! But did she not tell me what the Bible says, from I Peter 2:24? Yes, yes she did.
The Old Testament believers looked for the first coming of the Savior. In so doing, their faces became radiant (were “lightened”) and by the foretold prophecies of his first coming sufferings, they “are healed.” We of today, look back to what he has already done and by his stripes, we “were healed.” They of old looked forward to a future event and in their present state, their looking for, their believing for, their hoping for; their praying for, healed them. We look back to a previous reality and in our present state of looking for him, believing, hoping and praying, we are healed, now!
It was true of Job, surrounded by miserable comforters. It was true of my situations. These things were true of all believers of any time. These things are true, for us today. And It was even true, for Jesus Christ, as he was dying on the tree.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, [believers] let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:1,2 KJV
The running of patience has been and remains the same, to look for, to believe, to hope, to pray. What joy did Jesus Christ have to look for; look forward to? What enabled him to endure what he did? What was his looking for, his believing for, his hope for; his prayers for? God showed him that through his sacrifice, he would draw all towards him. Jesus Christ saw an innumerable host of people all gathered together, you and I and all those that look for his return. While he was dying, did he not pray to God to forgive those who did not know what they were doing?
What was and is God’s will? What is the primary will of God? Was it that Job suffer? Was is just so that God could teach him patience? Was God mad at Job? Were God and Satan just playing a game and Job was just a board-game piece they could manipulate? Was God wanting to hurry up Job’s death, so he could come be with Him in heaven? Was it that I was dying or destined to have so many allergies? Was it God’s will that Jesus Christ, His only begotten son, die? Remember, there were many writers of God’s Word, but ONLY one author, God.
”Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth [prospers].”
III John 1:2 KJV
Health & Prosperity is God’s Will for your life!
First, God refers to his people as His “beloved,” His loved ones. Does any true parent not love their own children and want the best for them, not for them to suffer? The word “wish” is desire, fervent desire, white-hot desire that far exceeds red-hot desire in intensity. But “above all things,” His fervent desire is that we prosper and are in health. And what is the standard or the manner in which this is possible? It is made possible, even as our soul prospers. How does one have a prospering soul? It is to be mindful, even in the midst of so much uncertainty, doubt, worry and fear, to look for, to believe, to hope, to pray, for what God says, not what our five senses may or may not be telling us.
What did job do? What did Jesus Christ do? What did I do in my circumstances? God doesn’t require much of us to receive so much that He is willing and able, for us to have. He wants us to have; He fervent desires above “all things” is, that we prosper and are in health. He doesn’t so much care if we are healed by the body’s natural design to heal itself. He does not particular care if we seek out professional medical help. He does not care if we get delivered by prayer, kicking a can, standing on one foot and saying whoop-d-doo, getting prayed for, having someone spit on the ground and rubbing it in our eyes, washing in some filthy river, getting ministered to, ingesting some herb or supplement or however we get healed, he just needs us to believe to be healed!!! He just wants us to prosper and to be in health!!!! And He knows that being focused upon his Word, the looking for, that believing, that hoping; that praying will change us! It’s NOT our how we pray-prayers, the specific actions we take or the power of our words that cause it, it’s His Word, it’s HIM!!!
”But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
II Corinthians 3:18
This “glass” was a mirror. In those days, a mirror was made of polished brass. It was not as clear as today’s mirrors of glass, but even then, there was a reflection, even though dim. “Beholding” is an active present state. It is something that is a continuous thing. “Are changed” should be properly translated according to usage, “are being changed.” The words “from glory to glory” are more properly rendered, from “one glory to another glory.”
What an incredible verse of scripture! As we look into this mirror continually, the image we see becomes more and more clear. The reflection is not our face, but the face of the Lord from one glory to another glory by which we are, being changed. And we are being changed by the spirit of God within us, which is producing the image, the reflection we see more and more clearly in that mirror, not our face, but the face of Jesus Christ, not as he was, but “as he is!” This is how their faces were lightened (became radiant) in the Old Testament. This is what they looked for, believed for, hoped for and prayed for. This is what Job did. This is what Jesus Christ did, he looked to God. This is what I did, even if it was to just believe that life was worth living, even if I was dying and what I did when I was reproved, for not knowing that by his stripes, it was already made available, for me to have been healed.
And in conclusion, what was the one job of Job that made a difference? The book of Job is not about all he suffered or had to endure. It was about him getting to the place where he could see the “daysman,” Jesus the Christ that was to come. It was about seeing, knowing and realizing, the true and primary will of God…
“And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, WHEN he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.”
Job 42:10 KJV
We all have suffered and may be right now. We know others that have suffered and may be right now. We may all suffer, sometime in the future. But we must look outside of ourselves and look to pray for others by looking toward Him in whom, all things are possible!
And so I say to my friend, lying in a hospital as this is being written, I say to myself and I say to anyone that has eyes to see this and ears to hear this, FIGHT…
Be the miracle that you are meant to be!
Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…
Next time: ‘Sordida’ (a poem)