The People God Uses
Today’s reading: Job 40-42; Acts 15:22-41
9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did what the Lord had told them, and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer. 10 And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Job 42:9-10
Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, 40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. Acts 15:39b-41
God works in and through people who are imperfect to accomplish His purposes and plans perfectly.
The focus in this book has been on Job and how he suffered as evidence to Satan of how a redeemed man serves God whether he prospers or suffers. Job stood the test and we can all cheer at the end when God reveals Himself to the poor afflicted man. God is vindicated by Job whose mouth is shut in humility. Job has been in our focus, but the three friends of Job were also under God’s watchful eye. They were in line for some discipline. They had spoken foolishly and ignorantly. Job was exonerated, and they were rebuked. God told Eliphaz to make an offering for their sin and promised to hear Job’s prayer on their behalf. Eliphaz obeyed and he, Zophar, and Bildad were restored to the Lord.
Paul and Barnabas left Jerusalem unified, preached and taught the congregation in Antioch, but then split up over their disagreement about taking John Mark on a second missionary journey. They went in different directions and both seemed to have fruitful ministries. Paul, we learn later, seems to have had a change of heart about John Mark (Colossians 4:10; Philemon 24; 2 Timothy 4:11). Indeed, Peter later would refer to Mark as “his son” (I Peter 5:13).
God used Job, Paul, Barnabas, and Mark despite their imperfections. Others, named and unnamed, were blessed by their prayers, preaching, teaching and other service for God’s glory. Can God use you? Yes. He uses all of His people for small and great purposes. Be alert to the service He has for you today.