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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

June 2, 2021

Daily Reading: Job 5-7


Job 5:17

Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:


You've heard the old saying, "God can hit a mighty lick with a crooked stick." This is proved by the first speech of Eliphaz. In fact, it is proved throughout this entire book by the speeches of all of Job's friends. While the purpose of their visit to Job was to comfort him, in reality they confronted him. Accusing him of pride, hypocrisy, and many other weaknesses. Eliphaz was the first to speak after a week of silence that in and of itself speaks volumes. He accuses Job of being a sinner and because of his hidden sin, God has condemned him openly. All the reader has to do is reread the first two chapters of this book to know this was not fact. Judgement did not fall upon Job because of his sin, but it could be argued the things that befell him happened because of his integrity.


In Eliphaz's tirade we find a nugget of truth. One that we would well remember. He reminds all who read this book that being corrected by God brings happiness, therefore we should not despise His chastening. One way to prove any or all Scripture is to see if any other portion of Scripture agrees. Given that, consider that the writer of Hebrews echoes the teaching of Eliphaz. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him;. Then the writer added this: Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.


Chastisement corrects. Punishment injures. There is a difference. Our Father in Heaven corrects. Again the writer of Hebrews writes this to explain the purpose of chastening: Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. These verses confirm that Eliphaz was right. When chastened by the Lord God, we should look upon it as an experience that will result in happiness. How? His chastening us brings us to repentance which brings us to obedience to His will and way for our lives. Such obedience brings happiness, because, for one point, there is no chastisement to those who are obedient.


So, if a person does not like to be chastened, obey, and no chastisement will come. Therefore making us happy!


Until tomorrow, obey Christ today.

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