Your Uncut Diamond
A Study in JOB – 12
Will you also annul MY judgment?
Will you condemn ME so that YOU can be righteous?
After an unspecified length of time and a great deal of God-searching questions…
The final words of the Lord to Job – summed up God’s astonishing soliloquy…
The Lord beholdeth all high things:
He is a king over all the children of pride. Job 41:34
Job trusted and held to the truth of the Lord that he knew – and Job spoke rightly of God.
Job upheld his correct understanding of the Lord – but it wasn’t fully complete.
Job held the rough, ‘uncut diamond’ of God’s truth and understanding – in his heart…
But it took much time and heart-searching for its full-cut brilliance to be revealed.
The ‘uncut jewel’ of God’s Word is the possession of all God’s children – as with Job,
But it must be expertly cut into different facets and faces, to reveal its hidden beauty,
It must be cut and polished and become more complex – to display its deeper truth.
It is still the same Word of Truth – but skillfully managed by the Spirit of Truth.
God is willing to reveal the Word’s full. deep brilliance to ALL His children – as with Job,
TRUTH laid bare by the Master Jeweler,
-if you are willing to patiently endure it.
Acceptance of the truth in its simplest form – leaves much to be learned.
Unless you permit the Spirit to develop the simple truth through circumstances…
– you will one day realize that your initial understanding of God is limited…
– and you will one day discover your relationship with the Lord is insufficient.
Faith does indeed come by hearing – and hearing by the Word of Truth,
But trust can remain in infancy for years, even decades – if not allowed to develop.
Faith grows by experience
Faith grows by your own “Job Experience:,
– as it did in the life of Job.
Job held to his initial truth about God – but was willing to learn the deeper truth…
But Job had to be willing – to allow the Master Jeweler to expertly cut and polish him.
Job questioned, but did not condemn God – despite life’s distressing contradictions,
And through the most arduous conditions – Job was taken to a new level of understanding,
This wasn’t so with Job’s friends – they remained unteachable through the ordeal.
Job never denounced God’s goodness – though he bitterly questioned Him with tears,
But of necessity – Job had to relinquish SOME of his long-held understandings.
In Job’s case – it was a recognition of his own prideful ego and his own insufficiency.
Do you have any long-held understandings – that conflict with God’s “Cut Diamond” ?
Do you need to question your own long-held – and perhaps distorted beliefs ?
Like Job – you may not question the goodly character of God directly,
And like Job – you may not sin with your lips….
But do you question your OWN worthiness ? – in the sight of God ?
Do you compare the lives and experiences of others – as more deserving of His love?
IF SO ~ you question the TRUTH of God’s Unconditional Love..
Have you ever considered His love for you – as less than it is for someone else ?
– because of some deep secret or painful disappointment hidden in your own life ?
IF SO ~ you question the TRUTH of God’s Unchanging Integrity…
Or have you ever considered His ear is wider open to another, favored bond-slave?
– because in YOUR sight – you consider that person more worthy to God ?
IF SO ~ you question the TRUTH of God’s Eternal Character…
Or do you find it difficult to understand – His apparently careless dealings with you?
– dealings YOU consider negligent towards many of his blood-bought bond-servants ?
IF SO ~ you question the TRUTH of God’s Immutable Wisdom and Inerrant Word..
So rid yourself of your inbuilt perceptions – for like Job – that is what they are…
And allow His Spirit of Truth – to cut deeper into your own ‘life’s diamond’…
Allow Him to give you a deeper understanding…
– an understanding – refined through your own unique, “Job Experience”
- deeper truth – designed specifically to draw You, into His arms of Love.
And you will THEN see the more expansive truth of His Love for you – as did Job,
and You shall know the Truth, and Truth will set you free.John 8:32
You will then not only hear the Word of Truth
– but you will increase in your own understanding of the truth.
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