June 29th, 2015 | By admin
By Paul Holland
The text reads: “Yield now and be at peace with Him; Thereby good will come to you” (NASV). The ESV reads: “Agree with God, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you.” The NIV has: “Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.” And the NKJV reads: “Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; Thereby good will come to you.”
Yield. Agree with. Submit to. Acquaint yourself with. The verb (skn) means “to be of use.” If you will look back up at verse 2, Eliphaz says, “Can a vigorous man be of use to God, or a wise man be useful to himself?” Both those words – “of use” and “useful” are the same word as this verb.
So, the idea is to be of use to God but the meaning of the verb carries the idea of being acquainted with God intimately or personally so that you know how or what you can do to be of use to God.
Thus, our purpose here is to discuss what it means to “know God” personally as Eliphaz here challenges Job.
ACQUAINTANCE WITH JEHOVAH:
Getting to know God personally involves changing our character. If we know God personally, then that knowledge will form our character and our personality to be like Christ (Rom. 12:2).
We also change our environment when we know God personally. By that, I mean that we will obey Christ which will move us out of the kingdom of Satan and into the kingdom of God’s Son (Colossians 1:13). This process of changing our environment once we know God personally means that we are new creatures (2 Corinthians 5:17).
ACQUAINTANCE WITH JEHOVAH IS POSSIBLE:
We can know God. We can know God personally. Jesus tells us it is possible to know God by having a relationship with Jesus, John 14:1-9. Jesus says in John 8:19: “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”
John further states in 1 John 2:3 that we know that we know if if we keep His commandments.
To know God personally is our highest and greatest privilege as well as responsibility. Take a look at Philippians 3:8-11.
ACQUAINTANCE WITH GOD BRINGS PEACE:
When we have a relationship with Jesus Christ, then we have peace with God – Romans 5:1. Paul says later in Romans 8:1 that we are no longer under the condemnation brought about by the law of sin and death.
This relationship with Christ is not just removing a badrelationship between us and God. It is also creating a new relationship. We have moved from being enemies of God to being friends with God.
ACQUAINTANCE WITH JEHOVAH BRINGS GOOD:
Looking back at our text, Eliphaz tells that if Job will “yield now and be at peace with God; then good will come to him.”
Job was also blessed by God with ten children and twice as many livestock, and to live 140 years and see his great-great grandchildren born. He died, an old man and “full of days,” a reference that usually means living a full and happy life (Job 42:12-15).
The “good” that comes in our day, because of our spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ, is richer, fuller, and deeper (Phil. 4:13, 19; Romans 8:28).
Know God personally. Peace and good will result.