January 27th 2016
Are You Spiritually Hardy Or Withering And Waning?
He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure. He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden. His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of stones. If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee. Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow. (Job 8:15-19 KJV)
Once again God’s Word uses an analogy of plant growth, or lack thereof, to represent the spiritual health, or growth of those given the gospel message. There is always good soil and bad soil present in this world. Tender plants that have grown in thriving soil are spiritually hardy and can withstand adverse conditions such as drought or too much moisture. However, seeds which fall on rocky soil are vulnerable to the conditions which surround them and their roots often wrap themselves around areas in the ground which cannot remain healthy and sustain life.
Bildad is speaking to Job in this verse giving him a spiritual clobbering. Bildad believed that Job had once prospered but met with the fate of his own doing as a result of living a hypocritical and sinful life. Bildad rattled on recounting events which took place in Job’s life comparing them to the withering of a once green plant now brown and shriveled up in rocky soil. Thereby giving weight or proving his point which balanced precariously upon his own reasoning and philosophy rather than recognizing the supernatural power of God was at work in Job’s life.
There are many “Bildad Believer’s” today who spend time peering into and analyzing lives of others from their own vantage point, rather than applying truths from His Word. They are busy working outside of the parameters of God’s supernatural vision and will. They swiftly leap to conclusions about the inner condition of hearts rather than setting their view upon the holiness and righteousness of God .
God is the only one who can rightly read and judge the hearts of mankind. Many “Bildad Believer’s” come to assumptions of situations at hand due to placing emphasis on outward circumstances of those around them.