Job 34: 1—36: 33
Man, I just had a lightbulb moment. Eli knows all about God. Most of the stuff he says is true of God. But he reveals to us that he has God all figured out. He knows how God works and knows exactly what is going on with Job and how to fix it. My pastor shared something with me this week and I am going to reference it because I don’t want to be a poser and act like I came up with this on my own. He said that one of the surest signs of the Spirit is humility. One of the surest signs of the flesh is pride and division. If we study God and allow the Spirit to have its way, we will be humbled by God’s vastness and goodness. If we study God and allow the flesh to have its way, we become puffed up know-it-all’s leaving hurt feelings and broken relationships in our wake. I just realized that Job’s friends are acting like God-know-it-all’s, but their flesh has taken over and instead of loving Job they are telling him he got what’s coming to him. Is that God’s Character? Did he leave us dead in our sin? Did He give us what we had coming? No, he did not. He jumped right into this cesspool with us and made a way for us to be right with Him and showed us how to love others. The closer you walk with God the more humbled you will be. Job’s friends did not have the benefit of knowing the end of the story so we can’t be too hard on them but use this discourse of Eli’s as an example of someone who knows all about God but missed what the information should produce, humility.
2 Corinthians 4: 1-12
So back to this veil thing I talked about in the video yesterday. The veil for the Jew’s is that they prefer the Law over Jesus. They want to live it out to make them right with God. But if we remember from Romans, the Law is impossible for us to follow. But because they won’t cry out for a savior, they have a veil over their eyes that keeps them from the truth. Satan works the same way to make unbelievers think they are fine without God. Have you ever read the Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis? It is a great read that makes you think about ways Satan lulls us to sleep so we don’t see the Glory of Salvation. The mere fact that believers have had the veil removed is a miracle orchestrated by the Lord.
And that is Paul’s points here. All of it, the teaching, preaching, understanding, ability to keep going is all because of Jesus. He is the one who empowers Paul and He is the one who gives us the power we need. False teachers will rely on flashy talk that sucks you in to move them forward. But believers understand that they are just jars of clay filled with the most glorious power in all of creation. This goes back to that humility thing. The more I realize that I am a jar of clay and the things I write, or the connections I make in God’s Word are all from the Spirit dwelling in me, the more in awe of Jesus I am and the more I am able to point y’all to Jesus not me.