Zophar exacted harsh judgement in Job 11:6. He told Job that, “God exacteth of thee less then thine iniquity deserveth.” For Zophar this was a very bold statement, and a foolish one. Unlike Zophar, we know and understand why Job was facing the trials he found himself in. It was not a result of his iniquity, but rather was a test of his faithfulness to his God. Zophar, did what so many of us do, he peered over into the life of his fellow and tried to deduce what was the cause of the issue from his limited view. If we continue reading we will find out more about the judgement of Zophar.
Dr. Allen Domelle
Judges 18:19 “And they said unto him, Hold thy peace, lay thine hand upon thy mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest: is it better for thee to be a priest unto the house of one man, or that thou be a priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel?” Psalm 40:8 says, “I delight to do thy will, O my God…”
Discovering pleasure and fulfillment in life will only be found by living in God’s will. Many people have tried to find fulfillment and pleasure outside of God’s will, but the only thing they found was regret and heartache. No matter who you are and what your age is, doing God’s will is the secret to being at peace with yourself, enjoying life, and finding fulfillment at the end of life. However, there are several fallacies about God’s will about which you must beware.
In Nehemiah 2:18 it says, “So they strengthened their hands for this good work.” There are few good works equal to the good work of fatherhood. Fatherhood is the work of God himself as He is our Father. A man who will face the task of filling the role of father is a brave man. Many men run away from the role of fatherhood and would rather hide behind the screen of alimony then to deal with the daily stresses of raising their little ones. There are men who wish to play no role in the lives of their children, to these men I would say, SHAME! You had no reserve about bringing them into this world, therefore show no reserve about bringing them through it! There are men who are afraid that to fill the role of father, because it would mean that they would have to give up their lifestyle, the late night parties, the drinking, and the fornication to stay home and take care of their family. They are afraid that they would have to put their XBox or Playstation away in order to go get a job to pay for their families, therefore they run and hide from reality in a fantasy of boyhood pleasures. I applaud the man who, as Paul said in I Corinthians 13:11, “When I was a child I spake as a child...but when I became a man I put away childish things.” I cheer on the man who is willing to do the good work of fatherhood. It is to these fathers that I speak this morning, Fathers, strengthen your hands!
I am speaking to the father who works a long day and comes home at night, tired, yet spends time with his kids. I am talking to the father who will keep a budget and update his ledgers so that he can feed his family and put clothes in their closet. I impress upon the fathers who struggle and fight and when they lay on their beds at night they wonder if it is worth it or not! Daddy it is worth it! Keep fighting for your kids! Father’s strengthen your hands!
“Give me 100 preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God; such alone will shake the gates of hell.” -John Wesley