December 18th, 2018
Sorry Bildad, God and Job Are Both Right and Prosperous
Job 8:6-7 (KJB) If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous. 7 Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.
Job’s friend Bildad was riding on his unspiritual high horse, piously telling Job that surely if he was righteous, God would prosper him rather than punish him with such large trials. In his own estimation, Bildad countered, how could Job claim to know and serve God and be facing such spiritual and physical difficulties and turmoil?
In Bildad’s mind, a man might start out simple and small, but his resources would grandly increase in both spiritual prowess and material stature as he dwells in this world. To Bildad, prosperity was a tangible asset and a definite accompaniment to personally knowing and serving God.
Bildad’s opinion was nothing more than ancient prosperity preaching at its finest! There is nothing new today among false teachers who elegantly stand on their high horse preaching about the prospect of certain financial and material wealth, according to their dark brand of truth rather than God’s infallible Truth. (Especially if you give them a large donation your own coffers will multiply greatly in your favor.)
The prosperity gospel and claim to certain riches is certainly not true, then or now. The truth is that often servants of God can be found to be living as plain, or as paupers and peasants, rather than financially rich according to the standards of this world. However, children of God are sated, spiritually rich, and satisfied in Christ despite the accumulation, or lack thereof, in their personal bank account.
The same claim could be made of the birth and life of Jesus Christ. His life in the flesh started out very simple in a stable but as His spiritual ministry developed quite nicely in spiritual value as He demonstrated the eternal riches of Christ upon Calvary. Jesus Christ is both right and perpetually prosperous as is every genuine professing child of God.