At Peace

You shall know that your tent is at peace, and you shall inspect your fold and miss nothing. You shall know also that your offspring shall be many, and your descendants as the grass of the earth.
Job 5:24-25
At Peace
Eliphaz is either extremely dense or needlessly cruel.  While he has indeed been saying many true things when describing God and His blessings and mercy, he misses the mark in implying that Job isn’t experiencing these same blessings and mercy because of his refusal to repent of his sins.  Eliphaz claims Job’s tent will be at peace, while Job sits in ash and sackcloth, all worldly possession taken or destroyed.  Then he adds insult to injury as he speaks of Job’s children and the many descendants which they will bring him, as Job is still in mourning for those same children.  No doubt Job was longing for the peace which Simeon sang about, “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace.” (Luke 2:29) Yet Job would have peace. And not in the end when his fortunes were restored, but now, in the midst of his suffering.  For Job understood that true peace does not come from possession or wealth, or from within, but only from God.  Job knew the peace which Christ would speak of, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John14:27) This is the same peace which God has given to all His faithful children.  It is the peace which you now have.  A peace which only Christ could grant as He reconciled us to the Father and restored our broken relationship.  You are at peace, “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)
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