Deliverance From Seven Troubles
By George Kirkpatrick
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As we read or speak about the book of Job, we all think about the patience of Job. But the book of Job is also full of wisdom. Job had three friends: Eliphaz, the Temonite; Bildad, the Shuhite; and Zophar, the Naamathite. These three men came to Job when they heard of Job's troubles. We discover Job's three friends had much wisdom to share with Job. But the problem was, they had no understanding, so they could not apply their wisdom wisely.
What was Job's problem? It is the same that is in our lives, and that is that God had to make needed changes in Job's life so He could bless him. In order to make those changes, God used satan as a tool to bring Job into a place where he would hear. It is no different in our lives. Adversities brought on by the adversary will drive us to our knees to repent, and to seek God's voice.
When Job's three friends came, they did not know why Job was being tried by God. They thought Job was being punished by God for some physical sin Job had committed. This is all they could understand by their religious teachings. The same is true today. When a person sees someone going through a time of testing, they believe they are being punished because there is sin in their life.
The religious communities of our day never once consider that when God is working in a life, it is not to punish that person. But it is to get their attention, so they will make the needed changes, so they can receive a blessing.
Eliphaz was the first of Job's friends to speak his words of wisdom. Eliphaz begins:
"Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof." Job 4:12
Eliphaz had a visitation from the Lord.
"Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake. Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up: It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying," Job 4:14-16
When the Spirit of God appeared to Eliphaz, he trembled and shook at His presence. When the Spirit passed before him, he could not make out the form or the appearance, but Eliphaz heard the Spirit's voice speaking to him. The voice asked Eliphaz:
"Shall mortal man be more just than God? Shall a man be more pure than His maker?" Job 4:17
Is there any man who is more just than our God, or is there any man more pure than our God? The voice continued to speak:
"How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?" Job 4:19
How much less, just, and less pure are those who dwell in their houses of clay whose foundation is in the dust? Eliphaz continues to expand:
"Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For He maketh sore, and bindeth up: He woundeth, and his hands make whole." Job 5:17-18
We should be happy when God loves us enough to take time to correct and chasten us. We may suffer pain, but we can be assured His hands will make us whole. Then the voice gives us God's assurance:
"He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee." Job 5:19
We have God's promise that in six troubles He will give us deliverance, and also that in seven troubles no evil will be able to touch us. Eliphaz begins to describe these six troubles to Job:
"In famine He shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword." Job 5:20
1 Deliverance From Famine
The first trouble God delivers us from is famine. We are given God's assurance He will redeem us from death. The word redeem means "rescue or ransom." As God's people, we are redeemed or ransomed by the blood of Christ.
Famine has always been the scourge of the earth. It knows no age limit. All are affected. Famine is mentioned 96 times in the Bible. We may ask, "What causes famines?" Famines generally follow wars. Because of the devastation that ensues, and their weakened condition, the people cannot supply anything for themselves, and crops cannot be grown.
But the main cause of famine is drought. Drought is the main cause of crop failures. Today drought covers the earth. The wheat belt in Canada is experiencing the worst drought in fifty years. Australia is experiencing the worst drought in their history. Drought is in many countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Over one-half of the United States is in drought. Because of these conditions, crops are failing all over the earth.
Another cause of famine is crop diseases. The wheat crops all over the earth are being attacked by a rust which is a fungus which is destroying whole wheat fields. Floods have also inundated much of the crop lands in the United States and Europe. We need to realize famine is part of God's judgment on a wicked and ungodly world.
Abraham went down into Egypt because of famine. There was famine when the patriarchs went into Egypt in the time of Joseph also. There was a great famine in David's day also. We are informed:
"Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites." II Samuel 21:1
Israel suffered famine because of the actions of Saul. There was also a famine in the time of Elijah, when it didn't rain for seven years because of the word of Elijah.
God has made many promises to His people. An unknown Psalmist writes:
"Saying, Touch not Mine anointed, and do My prophets no harm. Moreover He called for a famine upon the land: He brake the whole staff of bread." Psalm 105:15-16
Today, God's prophets are mocked and jeered at. God's Word warns famine has come upon the world because of this. Another unknown Psalmist writes:
"Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear Him, upon them that hope in His mercy; to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine." Psalm 33:18-19
This is the same Word God gave to Eliphaz for Job. The Psalmist David wrote:
"They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied." Psalm 37:19
God makes many promises to those who love Him and honor His name. But what of those who know not God? Amos speaks of a famine - - - a spiritual famine:
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the Words of the Lord: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the Word of the Lord, and shall not find it." Amos 8:11-12
God has promised to deliver His people from famine, both physical and spiritual.
2 Deliverance From The Power of the Sword
Eliphaz gives us insight into the second trouble God is going to deliver His people from:
". . . and in war from the power of the sword." Job 5:20b
This is the second trouble God has promised to deliver us from. The word power means "strength." War produces many things: hunger, famine, disease, the loss of property, and everything that one holds dear. This nation has not known armed conflict on its own soil since the Civil War. In the Civil War a soldier could shoot about four shots per minute. Now the troops can shoot 800 shots per minute.
Today we have a different threat of war. Now the armies have nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. These weapons have the threat of total annihilation of the human race. The only safe place to be when these weapons are used - - - and they will be used - - - is in the hand of the Lord.
Eliphaz stated we would be delivered from the power or strength of the sword. God has made this promise to those who have prepared themselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually for the days that are directly ahead of us. The prophet Joel prophesied of these days:
"Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand." Joel 2:1
The day of the Lord is the day of His judgment upon a sinful and wicked nation and the world. God's holy mountain is His Holy City, Mount Zion, or the New Jerusalem. Joel speaks of this day as . . .
"A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.
A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them." Joel 2:2-3
Yes, God's people will be in the fire, but the fire will not touch them. In their minds, they have a vision of the Garden of Eden, a renewed earth. Their hope is for the new Day and the renewed earth, not the devastation they see around them. Joel continues:
"They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded." Joel 2:7-8
As Eliphaz stated, the power of the sword will have no effect in their lives. Even if they fall upon the sword or the sword falls upon them they will not be wounded. God's deliverance is assured for His people.
The Psalmist who penned Psalms Ninety-One knew God would deliver us from the power of the sword, no matter in what form it comes. Whether it be nuclear, biological, chemical, or armed conflict we have God's assurance:
"I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust. Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence." Psalm 91:2-3
Pestilence is disease, man-made or otherwise, but God has promised His protection.
"He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler." Psalm 91:4
God will be our armament in the day of trouble.
"Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;" Psalm 91:5
Since 911 this nation and the world has been terror crazy. Billions of dollars have been spent to fight a faceless terrorist with no nationality. Terror has filled the hearts of the people, but God's people have nothing to fear. In his second letter to Timothy, Paul informs us:
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." II Timothy 1:7
Fear is a spirit that does not come from God. The U.S. Government has used fear to take away the people's God-given freedom. But those of God's people who have a sound mind do not buy their fear.
The Psalmist declared that we do not need to fear the arrow that flieth by day. These arrows are missiles. These may be nuclear or other wise, but God's people have nothing to fear from these missiles.
"Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday." Psalm 91:6
The pestilence or biological warfare that walks in darkness is being cultured in the darkness of laboratories. But God's people have been promised we will be delivered from these troubles also. Then God promises:
"A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee." Psalm 91:7
Yes, thousands are going to be killed by these weapons, but we have God's assurance that none of these weapons will touch His people if we do not fear.
"Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways." Psalm 91:8-11
Those who do not believe God's promises will suffer from all these weapons. The Psalmist David wrote:
"Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident." Psalm 27:3
David was a man who could have lived in constant fear. King Saul and all his army were pursuing David to kill him, but David had confidence in the Lord's protection for his life because he had God's promise. David continued:
"One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple." Psalm 27:4
This should be all our desires - - - to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of our lives - - - praise the Lord!
3 Deliverance From The Scourge of the Tongue
"Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh." Job 5:21
The next trouble is the scourge of the tongue. The word scourge means "whip". These are those who have honed their tongues to be a destroying weapon. The apostle James gives us insight to the tongue:
"Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great matter a little fire kindleth? And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison." James 3:5-6 & 8
If we follow God's direction concerning the tongue, then we will be delivered from the scourge of the tongue. The Psalmist David gives us warning:
"For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue." Psalm 5:9
Many men of God have been destroyed because someone gave them a flattering title. One of Job's friends, we have yet to mention, is Elihu. Elihu was a Spirit-filled young man who spoke much wisdom. But the wisdom which he spoke was different from that of his three former friends. Elihu had understanding of his words. Elihu speaks:
"Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man. For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my Maker would soon take me away." Job 32:21-22
Man desires these flattering titles. One flattering title given to men who stand behind the pulpit is the title `reverend'. An unknown Psalmist wrote:
"He sent redemption unto His people: He hath commanded His covenant for ever: holy and reverend is His name." Psalm 111:9
Who was it who sent redemption unto His people? Who was it who commanded His covenant forever? There is only one, and holy and reverend is His name, and His name only. The prophet Isaiah warns those who desire to be part of God's glory:
"I am the Lord: that is My name: and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images." Isaiah 42:8
Those who want to share in God's glory will be treading on thin ice in His day of judgment. The prophet Isaiah speaks of the tongue as being a weapon:
"No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of Me, saith the Lord." Isaiah 54:17
Many things can be weapons when wielded by anger and malice. The old saying is a toy in the hands of a maniac becomes a weapon. Men have been killed by hammers, saws, and other blunt instruments. A clinched fist is a weapon if it is formed in anger. But all these will not prosper against God's people.
God will condemn every tongue that rises against His people in judgment. This is our heritage in the Lord. Again the Psalmist David gives us God's promise:
"Thou shalt hide them in the secret of Thy presence from the pride of man: Thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues." Psalm 31:20
The pavilion of the Lord is the secret place of the Most High God. We have access to this place in God where no tongue will be able to strive against us. God has many places and many ways to hide His people from every weapon that is formed against them, and especially from the strife of the tongue. The Psalmist David warns us again:
"The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords." Psalm 55:21
Do you remember the girl who followed Paul and kept proclaiming, "These are the servants of the Most High God, Acts 16:17"? Many will speak words sweeter than butter and softer than oil. Yet war is in their hearts, and their tongue is a drawn sword. We must be sure we are not guilty of these same things. These are the things that will bring God's judgment in our lives.
God has promised to deliver us from the scourge of the tongue, and it becomes our responsibility to not allow these flattering words to wound us. The all wise Solomon wrote:
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." Proverbs 18:21.
A person's tongue can either speak life, or it can speak death. But we are informed, we will eat of the fruit our tongues produce.
4 Deliverance From Destruction
Eliphaz also warns us:
". . . neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh." Job 5:21b
This is the fourth trouble God has promised to deliver us from. Eliphaz did not say we shall not be afraid of destruction if it comes. He said we shall not be afraid of destruction when it comes. So we can be assured destruction is coming. The Bible speaks much about this coming destruction. The word destruction means "violence, devastation, ruin, and havoc." God has promised to deliver us in the Day of Destruction. The prophet Zephaniah prophesied of God's anger:
"Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger." Zephaniah 2:3
The Lord's anger is His day of judgment when He will pour out His judgment upon all the sin on planet earth. But those who seek the Lord and His righteousness will be hid in the day of the Lord's anger (judgment).
Job gives us insight as to what the Lord will do to those who do not seek the Lord or His righteousness:
"How oft is the candle of the wicked put out: and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in His anger." Job 21:17
The candle is speaking of the life of the wicked. Job asked, "How often does destruction come upon the wicked?" The prophet Ezekiel also writes about the wicked:
"Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none." Ezekiel 7:25
The wicked will seek peace in the day of the Lord's anger, but there will be no peace. The prophet Isaiah declared this same message:
"There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked." Isaiah 48:22
There is no peace for the wicked, only misery and torment. But what are the promises God makes to His righteous ones?
"Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till He come and rain righteousness upon you." Hosea 10:12
The prophet Hosea tells us to break up our fallow ground. Fallow ground is soil that has been untilled. What Hosea is speaking of, is that we should allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the truths of God's Word to us, instead of being set in our old, religious ways. We should seek the Lord who will lead us into all truth. If we allow the Holy Spirit to have access and complete control of our lives, then the apostle James informs us:
"Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls." James 1:21
We are to lay aside all filthiness. This includes books we should not read or look at. We must lay aside our language or anything else that is filthy. We must also lay aside superfluity. The word superfluity means "abundance, gain, profit, what is left over after our needs are met." This warns us not to hoard up, after our needs are met. The word naughtiness means "depravity, malice, wickedness." All these are to be laid aside in our lives. Instead we are to receive the engrafted Word of God which is able to save our souls. David gives us insight into God's protection in our lives:
"Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble: thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah." Psalm 32:7
Solomon also gives us God's promise:
"The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe." Proverbs 18:10
We are to encompass ourselves about with songs of deliverance. Then when trouble comes we need to know the Lord is our strong tower and our safe haven we can run into. The prophet Isaiah speaks of the day of the Lord's anger:
"Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast." Isaiah 26:20
The word indignation means "wrath." We need to make God our refuge in the day of His wrath.
5 Deliverance From Destruction and Famine
"At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth." Job 5:22
The fifth trouble God has promised to deliver us from is when destruction and famine come together in the form of God's judgment. Eliphaz tells us at this time, we will laugh. This is quite a statement! The carnal mind cannot understand the promises God has made to His elect. Other prophets of God have received this same message that Eliphaz did. God gives us His assurance through the pen of Isaiah:
"But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves. For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them." Isaiah 61:6-7
God has promised His people He will reward them double for all the suffering they have had to endure. Isaiah continues to give us God's assurance:
"Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, My servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, My servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed." Isaiah 65:13
Isaiah informs us we, as God's people, will eat, while the wicked are hungry. We will have drink, while the wicked will be thirsty. God's servants shall rejoice. The word rejoice means "to be joyful and make merry."
When destruction and famine come as one during God's judgment, God's people will be totally cared for. David was a man who knew of God's care for His people. David wrote Psalm thirty-seven:
"The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied." Psalm 37:18-19
God's people have nothing to fear in the coming days of destruction and famine.
6 Deliverance From the Beasts of the Earth
". . . neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth." Job 5:22b
This is the sixth trouble God has promised to deliver us from. We have already looked at destruction and famine, but God has promised His elect will not be afraid of the beasts of the earth. Today the world is paranoid over shark attacks and children being mauled by bears in their sleeping bags. Today we hear of bears coming into the cities, wild animals crashing into stores and homes, and venomous snakes invading areas that have been unheard of before. The reason for this is that man has encroached upon the wild animals' habitat. But God has promised He will deliver us from the fear of the beast. To understand why mankind is afraid of the beasts of the earth, we must go back to the time of the flood. God informed Noah:
"And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered." Genesis 9:2
God put the fear of mankind into every beast of the earth, and these beasts are only reacting to this fear God has put into them of mankind. But the day is coming when this fear will be reversed, and the animals will live in peace with mankind. The prophet Isaiah prophesied of that day:
"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den." Isaiah 11:6-8
The fear the animal kingdom has for each other will have been done away, and they shall live in peace together, and man will no longer fear the beast. Isaiah goes on to say:
"The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and the dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord." Isaiah 65:25
What wonderful promises God has made to His creation man. The prophet Ezekiel also gives us God's assurance:
"And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods." Ezekiel 34:25
There will still be bears, lions, snakes, and every other wild beast that has put fear in the heart of man. But the evil these beasts have caused will cease out of the land, and we will be able to sleep in the woods with no fear. As we look again at the words of Eliphaz:
"For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee." Job 5:23
We will be in league (agreement) with the stones of the field. The stones of the field are not a threat to anyone - - - and the beasts of the field will also be at peace with us. Why? It is because the Prince of Peace will have put peace in the hearts of man and beast. We will have total dominion over all God's creation. We are promised this in Genesis:
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." Genesis 1:26
God has given us dominion over all His creation. Then why do we not have dominion? It is because we have not taken it. Eliphaz knew God's plan for His people concerning dominion. God has given us dominion over all things. Yet we walk defeated and in fear. Why? It is because we have not taken God's Word to heart, and applied it to our lives.
"And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin." Job 5:24
What is our tabernacle? It is our body. God has promised our tabernacle will be in peace. Peace is what the world is looking for. By God's Word we know:
"There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked." Isaiah 48:22
Peace is a fruit of the Spirit.
"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7
The peace of God is beyond finding out with our carnal minds. How can one explain the peace of God? You cannot. There is no word to describe it. How, then, do we get this peace?
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee." Isaiah 26:3
Our mind, heart, and soul must be stayed on the Lord and His Word. The word stayed means "to be supported by." Are we diligently seeking to stay in God's Word? It is our only support for the days ahead. Is our mind trusting in God or ourselves? Does His Word direct our way, or do we go our own way? When Jesus left the earth, He gave us something very precious:
"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27
The Lord Jesus left us His peace. When we have His peace, then our minds (our hearts) need not be troubled or afraid.
But there are other beasts in the earth today we need to fear more than the wild animals. Peter and Jude speak of these beasts as brute beasts. The word brute means "destitute of reason."
"But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;" II Peter 2:12
"But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves." Jude 1:10
These brute beasts are the ones who attack innocent children. When we hear of the abuse of children, it is horrifying. When you think about it, what is terrorism, but the beast nature at its worst. When these brute beasts maim and murder the innocent, it makes one wonder how the courts and the communities can stand idly by without an outcry that the corrupt judges would have to act. But there are corrupt judges themselves who have the same brute beast natures. Those who do such things, and those who do not prosecute the offenders are certainly destitute of reason. Paul writes to the church at Rome concerning these wicked judges:
"Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them." Romans 1:32
These brute beasts are more dangerous than the wild animals that roam the wilderness. As Peter explains, these brute beasts are to be taken and destroyed. These have no understanding, and no feeling of those they hurt, or the families who are devastated by their actions for the rest of their lives. This nation is supposed to be righting the war on terrorism, and yet, they let these brute beasts child abusers roam our streets unmolested, until they get caught again in some horrible act. But God's people have God's promise:
7 Deliverance from all evil
"He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee." Job 5:19
We have reviewed the six troubles God has promised to deliver us from, but in the seventh no evil can touch us.
"And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin. Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth. Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in his season." Job 5:24-26
God has made some wonderful promises to His people. One of the greatest of these is that we may have a long life - - - not only a long life, but that our life will be lived in peace. As Eliphaz related our seed also will be great, and our offspring will be as many as the grass of the earth. God has made this same promise throughout His Word. We read about Moses who knew God face to face:
"And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated." Deuteronomy 34:7
When Moses died, he was in perfect health. We witness Eliphaz' words were fulfilled in Job's life also, because Job never lost his faith or trust in God.
"After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations. So Job died, being old and full of days." Job 42:16-17
Job lived to be 140. He lived a full and prosperous life. God also restored to Job twice as much as he had lost. And his daughters were the most beautiful women in all the land. The all-wise Solomon gives us another of God's many promises:
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased." Proverbs 9:10-11
Solomon also gave us another of God's promises:
"The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened." Proverbs 10:27
When we fear God, or hold Him in reverential awe, it will prolong our days. Isaiah gives us God's ultimate promise of long life:
"There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed." And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of My people, and Mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them." Isaiah 65:20-23
The promise is made to the seed of the blessed of the Lord, not only to us, but to our children also. God's promises are sure to those who love and serve Him. God has promised to deliver us from six troubles, and in seven no evil will touch the seed of the blessed of the Lord.
We have God's promises. All we need to do is to walk in them. Praise the Lord!