Beloved friends, revival which will turn nations must begin in the trembling unveiling of our own hearts, and in the subsequent removal of all that is defiled and hidden deep within us. On my way to Syracuse, N.Y. several years ago, I was quickened to the word “Crucible” (this was the name of a steel plant in that area that we were passing). Now, I didn’t want to acknowledge this at the time, but through this word God was speaking to me personally about THE JOB CRUCIBLE (I had been in this “crucible” for a while and at this point, and I really just wanted to COME OUT!).
Anyway, my understanding of all of this now is of a deep INTERNAL CLEANSING WORK that God is doing in some vessels that they might be prepared as a holy habitation for God Himself. The fires required for this divine work must be extremely HOT, for the work must be a quick one, for the Lord Whom we seek is to come soon and suddenly to His temple, and this with power and great glory.
Having said this, let me share with you here a little something from brother Bob Sorge. — D
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Some folks seem to have great difficulty finding a merciful God in the book of Job. I guess that is because they have not yet come to know the Father’s ways; the ways of His (agape) love. The truth is that God loved Job way too much to leave him alone. Let me explain…
God could have said to Job,” Go ahead, Job, have your bickering wife. Have your ten wayward children. Have your safe little world with all of your sheep and your goats and your camels. I’ll let you be.”
But the Lord didn’t say that.
No, what God basically said to Job was this; “I love you way too much to leave you to yourself, Job. I love you way too much to leave you to the smallness of what you think you know and the life that you think is so blessed. I’m calling you to something much higher, Job… because I love you.”
In His mercy, God saw that Job’s safety and comfort zones needed to be interrupted. In His mercy, God saw fit to put Job through a living hell for a period of time so that Job could come into a dimension of intimacy and fruitfulness with the Father that could not have been known otherwise.
How many of you know that if God had not interrupted Job’s life; if Job had not walked THROUGH A LIVING HELL … we would never have heard of the man?
But because it all shook down… and Job stood and said in his darkest hour, “I love you, Lord! I worship you! Though I don’t completely understand your ways, I still trust you! Though you take everything away from me, I still trust you! Even though you seem to want to slay me right now, I trust you!” … he was brought out from his trials and brought into a double measure of fruitfulness in God that could not be known in any other way. We then, by extension, are given an example of faith (and the ways of God) which can bring us also into such a level of fruitfulness.
Beloved, for some of us, it is easy to wonder why the wicked prosper as they do when we are brought into places of tremendous pain and suffering. Why do so many people of the world (and even worldly “Christians”) seem to have such “blessed” lives of prosperity, good health, and freedom from danger, when we suffer so?
I think that the answer to that can be found in the character of Elihu. At the end of the book of Job, Bildad, Eliphaz, Zophar and Job all receive rebukes from the Lord… but there is no rebuke for Elihu. Why is that?
I believe that is because in Elihu is found the type of the man or the woman that God leaves alone. God leaves these Elihus alone, not because He loves them any less than anyone else, but because these just don’t love God enough to give Him what He really wants… a laid down life. So… God allows these to have what they really want – a dead self-life. But the result of this is that these miss out on God; these, like Esau, sell their inheritance for a bowl of pottage.
Jesus described this same thing with these words…
“For whoever wishes to save his (self) life will lose it (the life of the age); but whoever loses his (self) life for My sake will find it (the life of the age).”
Beloved, you do not want to be the man or the woman that God “leaves alone”… So pray dangerously. Pray for His fire. Your inheritance (the life of the age) is at stake. (Thanks to Bob Sorge)
Job’s Crucible – Part 2
In a nutshell; Job’s sufferings were not to teach him what was wrong in his life, but to teach us (and even Satan) what God’s grace can accomplish in a human life wholly dedicated to Him. Job was certainly dedicated to God.
Elihu on the other hand, though purporting to speak for God, revealed in his speaking that he did not really know God. The fact that God did not refer to anything that Elihu said suggests that Elihu’s words did not even merit recognition. Although God did not specifically repudiate what Elihu said, neither did he commend or even acknowledge any of it.
Beloved, in the two types found in Job and Elihu, I see those who will pass THROUGH the furnace of affliction and on into their full inheritance as sons in the Age of Tabernacles, and those whom God will neither commend nor even much acknowledge in the dawn of that age, and that mostly because those simply would not love not their lives unto death.
Y’all be blessed.