“God keeps good books” – Dave Hardy
Sometimes people don’t keep an accurate records. It has been said that history belongs to the victors, and the reality of this statement is absolutely true. No doubt history books are replete with examples of bias toward one side view of history.
Not only that, but I have come to the understanding that governments themselves are inherently inept. The necessary evil of government has proven again and again that they will always overreach and they will always mishandle. How do you end up trillions of dollars in debt in the wealthiest county this world has ever known unless you are incompetent?
We keep bad records too. Far too often we hold grudges or resent others, and our logic and reason for doing so is wrong. Our record of the account doesn’t match reality of what really happened. We can keep poor books.
God always keeps accurate and good books though. His ledger and accounting are never wrong, and always free of error. We may think He has forgotten, or that He has overlooked, but He never does. The law of sowing and reaping is still active and alive, and God keeps good books…. So be not weary in well doing!
The first of three rounds of speeches is over for the 3 friends, and now they are ready for round 2. Eliphaz, the oldest, will start again. Eliphas is done accusing Job of wrong, and now moves to a sentencing phase where he will lay out the harsh consequences a wicked man like Job will endure.
According to Eliphaz, the wicked will endure several very bad things. Pain is the first of these. Eliphaz believes every sin will be judged accordingly and severely… no one gets a free pass, and only those who have done wrong get judged. Another consequence is Anxiety. There will never seems to be a moment of peace, but there will constantly be a dreadful, terrible, frightening sound in his ears… the wicked will be startled by every little noise. The third fate for the wicked is no confidence. He has nothing solid where he can place his faith, he has no hope, no assurance, and no footing.
Eliphaz then gives two very visual illustrations to show that this judgment of the wicked is inevitable. The first is the vine of grapes. If you cut or jerk a vine loose, all the fruit will die. As in the case of this vine, something unexpected strikes the evildoer with a devastating blow so that his success is totally wiped out. The second is the olives. Every other year the olive tree produces a vast number of blossoms that never set or produce fruit. In those years the early promise of fruit never materializes, it lies. So too the undertakings of the wicked person which promise to produce wealth and success, will not bear fruit.
Eliphaz list other things that happen to the wicked: Poverty, fear, robbed of strength, and more. In Eliphaz’s mind, Job is guilty is headed for a world of hurt.
Eliphaz’s underlying motive is to convince Job that he is suffering the fate of a very wicked person. Job’s earlier blessings were only a disguise that concealed his profane behavior. At last God has uncovered his wickedness. This was a wrong and inaccurate view.
In the end, Job is exalted once again and show to be a righteous man. The three friends are called out for what they really are, prideful. God keeps good books. It doesn’t matter what other’s think, it matters what you and God know to be true. Trust the Lord, and believe that He has not forgotten.
You may feel like your good deeds go unrewarded, and the wrongs of others go unpunished, but always remember that God knows, God has not forgotten, and God has a good ledger. Unlike government, business, or even people, God does not forget or make mistakes.
Daily Scripture Reading
Job 14 - 16
“I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.”