God Working With Man

Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man, To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.

Job 33:29-30

To me, there are several encouraging things about these verses.  The obvious truth is that the Lord works both in us and in our lives to bring us to Himself.  That is, in itself, a great truth – that God would work in our lives at all.  But there are a few other things in this passage that should be noted as well.

1. God uses different things to work with us and in us.
-“All these things worketh God oftentimes with man…”  God uses different things to work on different people.  In fact, God may use different things to work on the same person at different times.  As we work with people, it is important to remember this example.  We need to work with people as God does- as individuals. 

2. He works with us for our own good.
-“To bring back his soul from the pit…”  God is merciful and longsuffering.  He is “not willing that any should perish…”  Even when He has to chastise us, it is for our own good to bring about the “peacable fruit of righteousness.”  He wants to help us and He wants the best for us.  That is an important thing to remember as God is doing things in our lives that we may not understand.

3. God works with men.
-What an amazing thought!  God- the Creator of the universe, works with man.  He doesn’t just save us and then leave us to ourselves.  He continues to work in us and around us to keep us close to Himself.  If we stray from Him and rebel, He doesn’t immediately destroy us.  He keeps working with us until we come back to Him.  What a wonderful Saviour!

4 responses to this post.

  1. I liked that passage, and absolutely loved this post! It really blessed my heart. I found myself thinking about this passage below as I read about how God uses different things in order to work His perfect will.

    ” 15And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him. 16And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, 17So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father.

    And Joseph wept when they spake unto him. 18And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants. 19And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 20But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. 21Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.” Genesis 50:15-21

    I hope it is okay that my comment was so long. I was just so encouraged.



    • I’m so glad that it encouraged you. That is a perfect companion passage to the one in Job. It’s sometimes hard to see how God is working, but we know that He is. “All things work together for good…” is tough to understand, but it is true!


  2. I’m encouraged that Theresa is encouraged. 🙂 I love how you get so much good out of the book of Job, to encourage us with. That God works with us is amazing and to be enlightened by the light of the living . . .by Jesus living in each other, creating light . . .I am blessed to be here, in such a place of light. 🙂 Thank you!


    • Thanks Deb. I agree with you- it’s great to be encouraged by each other. I have really enjoyed reading your blog, along with several others. And, to be honest with you, I had never really stoppped to think about a lot of these verses in Job. It really is a great book!


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