“Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects!”
~ Job 5:17
He is not happy at the time! No one enjoys having troubles, sufferings, sorrows. Therefore this verse appears very strange to some people. They cannot understand it. It is contrary to all their thoughts of happiness. Of course, the word happy is not used here in the world’s sense. In the world’s estimation, “happiness is the pleasure that comes from the things that happen. It depends on personal comfort, on prosperous circumstances, on kindly and congenial conditions. When these are taken away the happiness is destroyed.”
But the word here means blessed; and the statement is, that blessing comes to him who receives God’s correction. To correct is to set right that which has been wrong. Surely if a man is going in the wrong way, and God turns his feet back and sets him in the right way, a blessing has come to him. Afflictions are God’s corrections. They come with a purpose of love in them. They are hard to accept–but afterward the blessing is revealed. “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” [Hebrews 12:11]
The life of Abraham does not stand for the life of a saint but for the life of the Father of the Faithful, consequently every error he committed, as well as every glorious thing he did, is recorded and traced out in its consequences through the history of his people. We are not to follow all the steps of Abraham, but to follow the steps of his faith (cf. 1 Corinthians 4:17).
[Not Knowing Whither]
Psalm 119:31, 41-42, 51; Romans 8:18
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You
I pray God’s strength to come upon you that you may withstand persecution. May His unfailing love come to you in accordance with His promise, so that you will be able to withstand the persecution of those who taunt you. Though the wicked ridicule and insult you, I pray that you will hold fast to His statutes and be assured that He will never let you be put to shame. Though the arrogant mock you without restraint or smear you with lies, may you not turn from His commands. May you realize that your present sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory that God will reveal through you.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
How can you identify where you put your security? The answer lies in knowing what it is you fear. A job loss, death of a family member, or your loss of independence, perhaps. Each of these events can chip away at your security when it is placed on a vulnerable place other than the Lord. Begin to place your hopes and dreams by orienting your life more towards Jesus with a relationship.