|Job 37 |
1 [Elihu still speaking] "At this also my heart trembles, and is moved out of its place.
2 Hear attentively the noise of His voice, and the sound that goes out of his mouth.
3 He directs it under the whole heaven, and his lightning to the ends of the earth.
4 After it a voice roars. He thunders with the voice of his excellence; and he does not restrain his lightnings when his voice is heard.
5 God thunders marvelously with his voice; he does great things, which we cannot comprehend.
6 For he said to the snow, 'Be on the earth;' likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.
7 Through severe weather he brings every man to a standstill with fear; that all men made by him may know his power.
8 Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places.
9 Out of his chamber from the south comes the whirlwind, and cold from the winds out of the north.
10 By the breath of God frost is given, and the breadth of the waters is frozen.
11 Also he loads the thick cloud with water; he scatters his bright cloud of lightning.
12 And it is turned around at his direction, that they may do whatever he commands them upon the face of the earth.
13 He causes it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.
14 Listen to this, O Job; stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
15 Do you know when God ordered them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?
16 Do you know how the clouds hover above, the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge?
17 Why your garments are warm, when he quiets the earth by the south wind?
18 Have you with Him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten mirror?
19 Teach us what we shall say to Him, for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.1 [Until the Spirit gives us all words with which to pray, our words and thoughts are repulsive to Him; until then, we should be in humble silence before the Lord so we can hear his teachings. From the Word of the Lord within: "Pray only as told."]
20 Should he be told I wish to speak to Him? If a man speaks, surely he shall be swallowed up.
21 Men cannot look at the light [of the sun] when the clouds have passed away, being cleansed [away] by the wind.
22 Golden brightness comes out of the north; with God is terrible majesty.
23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot understand him. He is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice; he will not afflict.
24 Therefore men fear him; he respects no one who is wise of heart.2
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1 Teach us what we shall say to Him, for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness. A profound statement. From the Word of the Lord within: "As you read this book, marvel at the knowledge of all of these ancient heathen men, who did not have a single scripture; yet their words are full of fine Christian principles." Here is another example of how the men in this time when no scripture existed, knew more than all of Christendom put together about prayer.
Until the Holy Spirit has been given to you in sufficient measure of anointing that you speak the words you hear him give you to pray to God, you are praying from the reason of darkness, you are praising, praying, and preaching from your carnal mind, and the evil imaginations of your heart. The carnal mind speaks from the nature of death and is enmity with God, Rom 8:6-7.
Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities for we do not know what we should pray for as we should, but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Rom 8:26.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching in this with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
And pray for me, that utterance [of the word of God] may be given [by the Spirit] to me when I begin to speak. Eph 6:18-19
When you can truly pray in the Spirit, all words must come from the Spirit, as Isaac Penington describes:
"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit." Eph 6:18. Mark all prayer and supplication must be in the Spirit; yes, it must be always in the Spirit, which speaks in the heart to God, and makes the intercession, or it is no prayer. If a man speaks ever so much from his own spirit, with ever so much earnestness and affection, yet it is no prayer, no true prayer, but only so far as the Spirit moves to it, and so far as the Spirit leads and guides in it. If a man begins without the Spirit, or goes on without the Spirit, this is out of the worship; this is in his own will, and so will-worship; and according to his own understanding, and so fleshly worship; both which are to be crucified, and not to be followed in anything under the gospel. "We are the circumcision, which worship God in the Spirit," (here are the true worshippers, "the circumcision;" and here is the true worship, "in the Spirit;" and they have no bounds and limits in the flesh, in which their strength and confidence are broken), "and have no confidence in the flesh." If a man address himself to any worship of God without his Spirit, does he not have confidence in the flesh? If he begins without the moving of his Spirit, does he not begin in the flesh? If he goes on, without the Spirit's carrying on, does he not proceed in the strength and confidence of the flesh? But the worship of the Spirit is in its will, and in its time, and is carried on by its light and power, and keeps down the understanding and affectionate part of man, in which all the world worship, and offer up the unaccepted sacrifices, even the lame and the blind,* which God's soul hates.
*[In the Old Testament, God would not allow the lame and blind to approach the altar; the restriction is an allegory to God's repulsion of being worshipped by those who cannot see by his light and walk by his spirit; the spiritually lame and blind who walk according to their imagination and pray and worship from their carnal minds in will-worship are an abomination.]
In addition, George Fox wrote in his letter, An Epistle to All the People on the Earth, the following:
And said the apostle, build up yourselves in the most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. [Mark,] The building up is in that which is holy, in the holy faith, and the praying in the Holy Ghost. Now he speaks of some: that speak high swelling words, but themselves living in the hypocrisy, and were gone into the ways of Cain and Balaam, and are they that must know a time of silence; for such build not among the saints, for they are Babylon's stones. So all these high speakers which speak the words of the scriptures, but not from the Holy Ghost that gave them forth, they are out of that Spirit in which the saints pray; and so those, who pray out of the Holy Spirit, are an abomination; they are to be silent.
There is an exception heard from the Lord by a reader of this site, as loud as someone standing next to him, and there is scripture to prove it: "I only hear a prayer of a righteous man and a prayer of a sinner who comes to repent."
When we think up the words to pray with our minds, that is praying from our carnal mind. Why are prayers from our carnal mind an abomination? Because the carnal mind pretends to be humble and chooses words that it thinks sound good, submissive, and respectful; but the Lord has heard your every thought, including your doubts, your resentments over your being in an evil state, your judgments of His unfairness to you, and even your accusations against Him. So, when you pray, you attempt to paint yourself as faithful, humble, submissive, and loving Him; since that is feigned, it is a lie and an abomination; (the more you become aware of your thoughts, the more you will see the truth in this statement).
This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Mark 7:6, Isa 29:13
That is why you can only show true humility with silence. He knows everything you have ever thought, everything you want, everything you wish; and you are wasting your time with insincere words. Since Paul has told us that our carnal minds are enmity against God and cannot be subject to the law of God, Rom 8:7, then it is very understandable that such prayers are impudent and repulsive to God.
As the Word of the Lord within said, "At best your thoughts are a vain hiss;" if our best thoughts are a vain hiss, I shudder to think what is our worst thoughts. A hiss is the spirit of the serpent (Satan) speaking in you as several scriptures refer to unpurified men as serpents; and Christ must bruise the head of that serpent in you, as was the promise to Eve when she fell. The thoughts of the unrighteous are detestable (foul, disgusting) to the LORD, but the words of the pure are pleasant words. Pro 15:26. When you have been purified, your words will be supplied by the Spirit and be pleasing to you and the Lord.
Until you have words supplied by the Spirit, listen silently for his teachings and instructions. How can you hear when you are telling him what you want him to do. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. Matthew 6:7-9. From the Word of the Lord within: "To sit in silence waiting on the Lord is to bear the cross — instead of thinking how you might please others."
Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10.
Be silent, oh all flesh before the Lord. Zech 2:13.
In repentance and rest you are saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength. Isa 30:15.
The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:63.
2 Therefore men fear him; he respects no one who is wise of heart. But modern man does not fear God because of the weather. Rather modern man fears global warming, or he fear earthquakes, or hurricanes — but modern man is far too sophisticated to fear God because the world thinks all weather is random; or many of the world think that weather stems from the lack of responsible environmentalism. On this site, there are several references to drought being broken with rain when early Quakers visited or had meetings in that location.
Considering the knowledge of God and the light that all the men in this book display, it is likely they were just a few generations removed from the great flood that destroyed all men except Noah and his family; and that would cause them to have a great respect of God's ability to change the weather.
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