I am going to dwell on one phrase in this whole group of verses.  That is miserable comforters are you all. I don’t know whether there was just the three men or whether there were more which we would call bystanders. However three seemed to do all the accusing.  We do know a young man named Elisha who would talk later could have been there already.
A miserable comforter is a person who comes to someone who is really sick and doesn’t have a voice that heals the hurt.
I have been a visitation pastor for many years.  Do I always know what to say for someone who is hurting?  However in my experience I have found that I am to comfort not accuse.  Even when I know part of the trouble may have been due to life style choices of the person hurting. I have learned that it is better that they tell me what is wrong than me telling them.  Also I ask God how I should answer them.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
What we have in this chapter is Job’s answer to Bildad the Shuhite after Job is accused of being punished from imagined fault.  Job says in verse 21 I am blameless yet I do not know myself.  He speaks of God’s sovereignty, “He destroys the blameless and the wicked.” This was and is of course truth and what is the reason we don’t always know.  I am not one to question what God does.
In verse 25 Job uses an interesting expression, “Now my days are swifter than a runner”. (Post KJV) Nothing is faster than one of those fellows.  Job had nothing to do but sit on a refuse dump with three men constantly accusing him of things he wasn’t guilty of.
The rest of the chapter Job responds with questions which to me cannot be answered except by God Himself.  We may be thinking what we would do if we were in Job’s position.  He would like to ask God why. We do find at the end of the book God does respond, but not at Job expected.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
Chapter 6 is Job answering Eliphaz and our verses are a continuance of that answer.  Job speaks of things like a hired man earnestly desiring shade to rest.  For Job at this time there is not that kind of rest.  He cannot sleep earnestly desiring daylight to come.  His flesh is caked with worms; skin cracked breaking out fresh all the time.
Job speaks of his day swifter than a weaver’s shuttle.  His life is like a breath.  James speaks of life as a vapor appearing for a little while and then gone.  He then ends our verses with loathing life and days as a breath.
We all know the end of the story with Job having double goods and livestock than he had before. Also he had 7 sons and 3 daughters. Some have said that he didn’t lose the first ones, as they are in Heaven, but my thought is that Jobs wife had 10 pregnancies, delivered 10 babies and raised them up to be fine men and ladies.  Think of that for someone who told Job to curse God and die.  At that time she lost 10 children and almost lost him too.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
These verses are beyond Satan's encounter with God in which Job's name was brought up.  Two things I notice is that Satan accuses God of having a hedge (fence) around Job.  This means that God fences in His own and no one touches them unless for God's reason it can be taken away. God does allow Satan to take away this hedge but He doesn't allow Satan to touch him.  I get comfort in the thought of a hedge around me and hope it is never removed.  However for Job God did allow it to be taken away and the rest of the chapter is devastating.  Job's children are gone and all his livestock leaving Job to go from a rich man to almost nothing. 
​Job's response to me is enlightening.  I don't know again how I would respond.  Naked I came from my mother's womb and naked shall I return.  The LORD gave and He has taken away.  He then worships.  The Bible than adds that he did not sin nor charge God.  Would this be my response?
​Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
Paul gives examples of goodness of thinking on certain things.  It doesn’t do anyone good to think on wrong things.  I don’t want to waste my mind.  What good is my mind if it is corrupt?  Our thought life can be corrupt or it can be holy.
Paul then gives them himself as an example.  Peter gives the same example in II Peter 1. We really impress no one by running off at the mouth.
Next Paul speaks about a gift these Christians sent him.  He thanks them gratefully.  He then says that he knew how to be hungry and to have enough ending with “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” A lesson we all need to learn.
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I am interested in what the King James Version uses the word mature.  As many of us who are mature have this mind.  What is our mind to be like if we are mature?  We would have more related thoughts. Can I use myself as an example as Paul did? In the next two he explains the opposite.  Their god is consumption both physical (appetites) and mental (lack of proper spiritual thought).  Then they are said to be enemies of the cross of Christ.  Jesus said that if anyone would come after me let him take up his cross and follow me.
I find the next verses precious, that our citizenship is in heaven from which we eagerly wait for the Savior the Lord Jesus Christ.  When He comes this corruptible body will be transformed like Christs resurrected body.  Is He able? Yes He is able.  Those words subdue all things unto Himself is so profound that I don’t have space enough to relate it here.
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Paul didn’t feel it tiresome to tell people to rejoice in the Lord.  He didn’t feel that it was too often said.  I feel that way too.
Then he tells them to beware of dogs and then he talks about mutilation concision in the King James Version.  Where do these two verses come together?  Dog packs ran about streets tearing up those who were found alone at night.  Men would come to Gentile Christians telling them they had to be circumcised like Jews in order to be right with the so called God of the Jews.  Paul says Gentiles didn’t have to be subject to this.  He then says we are the circumcision who worship God and have no confidence in the flesh.
Paul says if anyone could boast he could. He was circumcised at the proper time, of a good tribe, a Hebrew of the Hebrews then yet a Pharisee an honorable law keeper. Who could add anything to those credentials but it was all replaced by the cross of Christ.  Those he counted loss for Christ.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
I am encouraged by what Paul says of Timothy.  He says, “I have no one likeminded.” This encourages me as I had a dear friend in the church who was a visitation pastor. We became workers together and when he had to quit because of health reasons he asked me to take his position and I am still at it today.  I do believe we could say we were likeminded.  He is long passed into the presence of the Lord.
It makes me a little sad about what Paul says about most seeking their own things and not things of Christ.  This country would be different if that was not the case.
Paul compares the both of them as like a father and son.  Some of that can be seen in Acts 16.
Paul the rest of the chapter talks about Epaphrus. He worked so hard for the Lord that his health failed and he almost lost his life.  He served Paul in prison.
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Paul carries on with next after the verse, “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” He goes on to say that, “if I live on in the flesh” (body) this will mean fruit for my labor not a useless fruitless life.  He was a prisoner in Rome and notice his desire was to depart and be with Christ.  He calls it far better.  How many Christians desire that?
Paul tells them to have a conduct worthy of the gospel.  There is a lot of this lacking today.
There is a term in verse 27 worthy of noting which is standing fast.  The devil would like to push us back or give up.  Don’t do it!
The last verse in today’s reading is, “You have been granted on behalf of Christ not only to believe on Him but to suffer for His sake.” I live in a rather peaceful setting.  Am I ready if suffering (persecution) comes my way?
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
I have been impressed by the Apostle Paul's moving words and phrases.  For instance he says in verse 8, I long for you with the affection of Jesus Christ.  Then he wants them to abound more and more in the knowledge and all discernment.  Oh if the church prophet would have this? The church is looked at in the Bible as the army of the Lord but do some do nothing?
Now we approve what is excellent. Perhaps I have been a little pessimistic in the above paragraph.  Paul is asking for sincerity and we must be without offence.
 
Paul now speaks of his chains as from Acts 21:28 where  he became a prisoner in Rome.
​When writing this He adds Christians are more confident by his chains.  It is not just that he was a prisoner, but how he handled his spiritual life as a prisoner.  Even soldiers who were chained to him were moved by him toward Christ.
​Written by Pastor Curt Darling