Part 2 - Job 22:25-28 - THE COST OF SUCCESS - YOU WANT ME TO DO WHAT?
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Summary: I got to looking at Job 22:28 a little more closely over the last couple of days and I realize that it is even more startling when you look at it’s context. Each verse is predicated on the verses before it.
Audience: General adults
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Part 2 - Job 22:21-28 - THE COST OF SUCCESS - YOU WANT ME TO DO WHAT?
Job 22 has one of those great verses in it that people love to quote. It is found in verse 28 and says "You will succeed in whatever you choose to do, and light will shine on the road ahead of you." It even rhymes. I heard it quoted on Sunday by Pastor Rick Godwin at Hillsong Church in Sydney as he expounded the "I must’s" in scripture and encouraged us to find out what it is that we MUST DO, not simply WANT TO DO, as we serve God - that thing that God calls us to do, that thing which we were created to accomplish. It was an incredibly inspiring message. He is a great leader and teacher of God’s Word.
I got to looking at Job 22:28 a little more closely over the last couple of days and I realize that it is even more startling when you look at it’s context. Each verse is predicated on the verses before it. If this is a memory verse then we have to go back to Job 22:25 to understand it but it is hardly ever quoted. It says "If you throw your money in the dust and throw your precious gold into the river,..." THEN YOU WILL SUCCEED! Eliphaz seems to be saying "You have to throw your bank account into the river to achieve any kind of success?" I know a friend who did this. He gave away everything he owned. I hadn’t seen him for a while and so when he visited it was wonderful as we listened to him play his guitar and we sang worship songs well into the night. I said how great it was hearing him play again. With that comment he gave me his guitar. When he and his wife became missionaries, he sold his house and simply gave the entire proceeds to the mission. But is this what verse 25 is talking about? Give up all my wealth! (that wouldn’t be all that difficult at present). Is this what it takes to gain SUCCESS IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE - HAVE A POVERTY MENTALITY?
You could MISUNDERSTAND ENTIRELY what Eliphaz the Temanite is getting at unless you take into account the next bit. He goes on to say "the Almighty Himself will be your treasure. He will be your precious silver! Then you will take delight in the Almighty and look up to God. You will pray to Him, and He will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows to Him. You will succeed in whatever you choose to do, and light will shine on the road ahead of you." (Job 22:25-28 NLT). That sheds a different light on things. It is so important for me not to read verses out of context Lord, otherwise I miss what it is you are trying to say.
What Eliphaz is saying is that LOVING MONEY will get you into trouble IF IT TAKES THE PLACE OF LOVING GOD. The principle of course is found in that other much loved and quoted verse from Matthew 6:33 (NLT) that says for us to "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need."
He’s not saying throw away your wealth so much as saying throw it in the dust before God. Be willing to throw it in the river if it takes the place of loving God. Hold onto your wealth lightly. Let God have authority over your finances. THEN YOU’LL SUCCEED in whatever you choose to do because it will be in line with His kingdom purposes for your life and your perspective of money will not be distorted. As usual Eliphaz has the principle right but applies it to the wrong person. Job is not suffering from a love of too much money. A lack of too few friends maybe, but
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