Scripture Reading: Job 22:21–30
“Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee,” Job 22:21.
Beloved, Job 22:21–30 is worth studying. The passage begins with encouraging words, “Acquaint now thyself with him.” We make acquaintance with God by being perpetually in His Presence, reading His Word, thinking of how to give Him pleasure, doing the right thing, and obeying His Word.
Resolve from now on to acquaint yourself with God, “thereby good shall come unto thee.” These are not my words; the living God wrote them. He then writes, “Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart,” Job 22:22. God’s Word is in the Bible and I urge you to read this book more than any other. I encourage you to resolve to read from Genesis to Revelation this year.
Job 22:23 says, “If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up.” Is there anything in your life that is down now? Are you physically or psychologically down? Are you emotionally down? Is your health down? The Word of God tells us to return to the Almighty, to lay up His Words in your heart, acquaint yourself with Him, and you will be built up. It also tells us, “thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.” Do a spiritual home inspection. Look around and ask, “What is here that does not glorify God?” Cleanse your environment and put away iniquity, for “Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks,” verse 24.
Do you know that iniquity in your environment can hinder financial and spiritual blessings? Some carvings are not of God but we decorate our homes with them. They are causing the obstruction of our blessings. Remove everything that is not godly so that you can lay up gold as dust according to the Word of God. “Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defense, and thou shalt have plenty of silver. For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God,” verses 25-26. When you lay up His Word in your heart and acquaint yourself with Him, the Lord Almighty shall be your defense and you will have plenty of silver. You will have God as your delight and you will lift up your face unto God. Your level of communion with the living God will increase and you will be favoured beyond your imagination.
Job 22:27–29 says, “Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows. Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.” Let the Holy Spirit teach you so that you will understand what you need to do to have your prayers answered; what you need to do to decree a thing and have it be established.
Job 36:11 delivers a conditional blessing: “If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.” Job 22 and Job 36 make it clear that we must obey and serve Him if we are to receive the blessings of prosperity and pleasure. I encourage you to memorize Job 36:11. Speak to the Lord and say, “please give me the grace to obey you and serve you so that my days will be filled with prosperity and my years will be full of pleasure.”
Did you know that it is possible to serve God and not obey Him? Many of us cover up disobedience with extra service. But the commandment is clear, “if they obey and serve him.” On the one hand is obedience and on the other is service.
When the two of them work together, obedience and service will bring prosperity and pleasure into your life. Are you in total obedience to the Word of God or do you resist His Word by calling this direct instruction from Him legality and the doctrines of men? I pray that the Lord will deliver you today from that disobedience that is stopping the flow of your blessings; that God will give you the grace to obey and serve Him so that your days will be filled with prosperity and your years with pleasure in the name of Jesus.
If you have never given your life to the Lord Jesus Christ, what we are describing is for the children of the household of faith. Pray with me if you want to be part of that family. “Dear Lord Jesus, I accept you as my personal Lord and Saviour.
Write my name in the book of life and make me one of your children. Give me the grace to acquaint myself with you. Give me the grace to read the Bible, to believe your Word, and to go from glory to glory in you in the name of Jesus.”
If you are already born again, then examine yourself and ask, “Am I in total obedience to God?” One hundred percent service and ninety-nine percent obedience still results in a
short-circuiting of blessings. Therefore we need to pray, “Lord give me the grace of total obedience by the leading of your Holy Spirit, not self-will Lord, but your will. Give me the grace of total obedience that in all things my days will be full of prosperity and my years full of pleasure to the glory of your holy name.” Amen.