[SW228] 04/8//2016 message notes by
Reverend/Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2016
Do you complain when troubles come? The Lord wants to teach you some truths. If you heed them, He will heal you in every way!
This is a message for those whom the Lord says are blameless, upright, who fear the Lord (worship and revere Him), and who turn away from doing evil.
Text: Job 29: 1-4, 14-20
In these verses, Job says, Lord, you do not watch over me any more. You are not my friend any more. Don’t you see all the good things I have done?
I submit to you that if you place your trust in your own goodness, the Lord will test you and permit Satan to sift you like wheat, as with Peter (see Luke 22:31-32) and as with Job, but He will be praying for you.
Trusting in his own goodness was the basis for Job’s complaint against the Lord.
I submit to you that if you trust in your own goodness, you will complain about your troubles. In doing so:
— you complain against the Lord and Him alone, and
— thus, you accuse Him of not being good; you accuse Him of being unfair.
I submit to you that trusting in your own goodness keeps you from trusting in the Lord.
Job’s three friends counseled him. There were scriptural truths among their many words, but in the end, the Lord said they didn’t speak rightly. Their accusations were inaccurate. And He commanded them to go to Job so Job could pray for them.
I submit to you that you may know the Bible, and yet accuse others wrongly. It is possible to speak from the Word without having God’s wisdom. The Jews who persecuted Jesus are an example.
A fourth man, Elihu, spoke in Chapter 32. Job didn’t need to pray for him, when all was said and done.
Why? Elihu got it right, because he:
— considered Job’s words,
— discerned Job’s heart (Matthew 12:34), and
— spoke according to what the Lord showed him.
In 32:12, Elihu said there was no one who refuted Job. Refute means to heed, to consider. His three friends did not consider Job’s words.
I submit to you that you may know the Bible and quote many verses but never consider the words of the one you are counseling.
In 33:7, Elihu said, don’t fear me. Don’t feel pressure from me. But I have heard your words, Job.
In 33:8-12, Elihu quoted Job. These were the words that the other three did not consider —
“I am pure, without transgression; I am innocent and there is no guilt in me. Behold, God invents pretexts against me. He counts me as His enemy.”
Elihu says, Job, you complain to the Lord, and you accuse Him of not being good. By your words, I see the state of your heart.
You are not right in this, Job.
In 35:2, 13-16, Elihu says, “You trust in your own goodness/righteousness, In doing so, you are saying your righteousness is greater than the Lord’s.”
I submit to you that when you complain, you are complaining against the Lord, and you are saying you are more righteous than Him.
In Chapter 40:1, after reproving Job, the Lord said, “Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it.”
Job put his hand over his mouth. He ceased from accusing God. But the Lord continued to rebuke him, in Verses 6-8.
— In accusing the Lord, Job was instructing God. It is the same for you today. The Lord is far wiser than you and me.
— In accusing the Lord, he was annulling the Lord’s judgment. It is the same for you today. The Lord judgments are always right and will always stand, regardless of your accusations.
— When Job condemned the Lord, it was so he could justify himself. It is the same for you today. If you complain to God, you are trying to justify yourself, trying to prove you are right and He is wrong.
It was not until Chapter 42 that Job repented (see Verse 6).
I submit to you that if you do not repent from trusting in your own goodness, you will miss the Lord’s goodness.
After Job repented, the Lord commanded his three friends, who spoke wrongly of Lord, to go to Job.
They had kindled the fire of the Lord’s wrath, because they had not spoken rightly of the Lord. They claimed the Lord was punishing Job because he did some evil act. But Job was being tested by the Lord because Job trusted in his own goodness. And after Job saw what he had done and repented, Job spoke rightly of the Lord.
In Ezekiel 18:25, Judah accused God, saying His ways were not right. But the Lord says, “Is it not you whose ways are not right?”
I submit that the Lord will test you, and you will learn whether or not you are trusting in your goodness and the good things that you do. If you are, and you repent, He will heal you of your self-righteousness. He will restore you.
Will He give you twice as much as before, like Job?
He restored and doubled Job’s fortune, though Job had no idea the Lord would materially restore him, so that wasn’t his motive. He just wanted to be right with God again.
I submit that the Lord will give you a double portion if your motive is the same as Job’s.
I submit that the Lord will give you a double portion of something far more valuable than material restoration, though He may do that also.
He will fill you to the full with His Holy Spirit, changing your heart so you will no longer trust in your own goodness and you will:
— Totally rely on Him, despite your circumstances, and
— Have faith before you see the resolution
I declare that I have no righteousness of my own. The Lord showed me I was trusting in my own goodness when I had progressive MS and cried, “Why is this happening to me?” My heart was as sick as my body. I was complaining against the Lord and no one else.
But then I looked up and saw Jesus, and heard Him in His word, and became hungry for Him. I learned He was my Savior and Healer, and loved Him.
And He healed my body in the middle of the night on September 1, 2001. He filled me with His Holy Spirit on November 1, 2001. Then His righteousness filled my heart, and that has made me righteous. And so, I was healed of my self-righteousness.
Repent now before Him, and He will restore you beyond all you can think or imagine!