Job 5:17-27… “He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee” (v. 19, KJV).
Eliphaz is speaking… Just because Eliphaz erred in discerning the cause of Job’s trial does not mean that he was ignorant of spiritual matters. In this series of verses, he teaches truth. What he taught works today as well: as iniquity increases, so do troubles. Today’s iniquities begin in the home. Parents have stopped parenting. Fathers have stopped disciplining and leading their families. Somewhere down the road of daily life, people have wandered away from the rules God has laid down. Churches have strayed too. Anyone who preaches true holiness is banned from the worldly pulpits. Our text says, “God will deliver you in seven troubles.” God does not say that he will steer you away from troubles, but He will deliver you in your trouble, and He starts with “correction.” God is saying, “Let me fix what you cannot. Let me take over.” “Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole” (Job 5:17-18, KJV; note also Hebrews 12:6-8 and Proverbs 3:12).
When God corrects you, He also gives you the medicine for your cure. His hand makes you whole again. Correction implies that God will speak a word. He will convict you of what you are doing wrong. He will rebuke you. He will also give you a word about what you should do. He will realign your thinking and your walk, He will confront your error, and He will show you the truth. He will give you your medicine or a prescriptive word. Your deliverance will start when you accept the correction.
Job 5:17-27 deals with famine and your daily needs… Psalm 37:25 teaches that the righteous are never forsaken by God. When we pastored a church on the Canadian prairies in the late 1950s, we had four children of our own and took in four other children because their mother was ill and in the hospital. As we were coming home from the morning service, my wife said that there was nothing to eat in the house. Within five minutes, a knock came on the back door and there stood an unknown lady with eight plucked chickens in her hand and she said, “I know that you can use these chickens.” God had supplied. We learned then that nothing is too hard for God.
Verse 20… God delivers in times of war… I know this personally. Many fell all around me in World War II in Italy and Holland. My rifle and machine gun were blown to bits, shells exploded in our midst, and I came through without a scratch. He can do this for you and your loved ones.
Verse 21… God hides you from verbal injuries… These injuries are the worst kind. This includes evil speaking, words that distract you from doing your job, scandals, whisperings (note Psalm 141:5 and Ecclesiastes 7:20-22).
Verse 22… The beasts of the earth cannot take away your faith to stand… Fear is a terrible evil. The beasts here refer to the devil and his demons. These beasts include sicknesses, infirmities, and all the things that can destroy you. Psalm 91 teaches of God’s power to deliver. If diseases can be contagious and spread to others, then healing can be contagious too. Healed people can spread healing to others. Healing runs in God’s veins, and through Jesus it runs into God’s families. Let me tell you… It is wonderful to be overcome by the healing power of God.
Verse 23… We are at peace with the stones of the field… This refers to God’s covenants that were etched in stone and placed in areas where people can see and read them. We are under God’s covenant. We are under God’s authority and under the rules of conduct that He has laid down.
Verse 24… God brings peace into our homes… Our habitation includes the freedom from sin. People seek happiness outside of God and they wonder why the blessings stop. They are governed by impulse (feelings) and not by principle (purpose). Having a purpose in your life keeps you from sinning. If your purpose is serving God, then that purpose will help keep you living righteously. If you are devoted to God, then purpose to be just as devoted in keeping your life clean.
Verse 25… God delivers your children… Your children prosper. Live righteously, and God will take care of your children. Let God do with your children what you cannot do. Let God take over.
Verse 26… Deliverance includes living to a good old age… You’ll not die before your time. Make plans to live a long time. Psalm 118:17 teaches that you don’t have to die the death the enemy has designed for you. Live and declare the works of the Lord!
Let God repair what you cannot. Stop your frustrations. God fixes people first and then deals with their problems. He has been waiting a long time to help you.
Pastor George Belobaba
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