DCLM Daily Manna 22nd July 2022 Devotional for Friday
TOPIC: Sin of Betrayal
TEXT: Job 22:1-20
1. Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
2. Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?
3. Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?
4. Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?
5. Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite?
6. For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
7. Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
8. But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it.
9. Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
10. Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;
11. Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee.
12. Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!
13. And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?
14. Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.
15. Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?
16. Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood;
17. Which said unto God, Depart from us; and what can the Almighty do for them?
18. Yet he filled their houses with good things; but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19. The righteous see it, and are glad; and the innocent laugh them to scorn.
20. Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth.
“Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite?” (Job 22:5).
DCLM Daily Manna 22nd July 2022 Devotional MESSAGE
Williams Shakespeare in “Julius Caesar” dramatised the conspiracy that led to the assassination of Emperor Julius Caesar in a way that highlights the gravity of betrayal. In the book, Julius Caesar confronted the conspirators with the braveness of a warrior until he saw Marcus Brutus, a trusted ally, raised his sword and stabbed him.
He suffered more pain and shock from the betrayal of a friend. Eliphaz, in our text, tried to convict Job by speaking of his perceived sins. He and his companions condemned him in general as a wicked man and an hypocrite but Eliphaz went further to speak about specific sins and crimes that he alleged were committed by Job.
The accusation of Eliphaz contradicts the stand of God who had earlier testified about the integrity and perfection of Job. We must, therefore, note that it is not what men say about us that really matter, but the testimony of God concerning us.
We should not be surprised when false accusations are raised against us in the church, workplace, community where we live or our immediate or extended family. The same was done to Jesus and the apostles. We must also avoid fighting back or revenge.
The Scriptures say, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves …for it is written, vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” (Romans 12:19). Finally, we must “Pray for them which despitefully use [us], and persecute [us]” (Matthew 5:44).
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Those who condemn the servants of God will incur His wrath.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
DCLM Daily Manna 22nd July 2022 Devotional | Deeper Life Devotional Guide was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria. DCLM Daily Manna 22nd July 2022 Devotional