Job 20 & 1 Corinthians 7

Job 20

    Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:

    “Therefore my thoughts answer me,
        because of my haste within me.
    I hear censure that insults me,
        and out of my understanding a spirit answers me.
    Do you not know this from of old,
        since man was placed on earth,
    that the exulting of the wicked is short,
        and the joy of the godless but for a moment?
    Though his height mount up to the heavens,
        and his head reach to the clouds,
    he will perish forever like his own dung;
        those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’
    He will fly away like a dream and not be found;
        he will be chased away like a vision of the night.
    The eye that saw him will see him no more,
        nor will his place any more behold him.
    His children will seek the favor of the poor,
        and his hands will give back his wealth.
    His bones are full of his youthful vigor,
        but it will lie down with him in the dust.
    “Though evil is sweet in his mouth,
        though he hides it under his tongue,
    though he is loath to let it go
        and holds it in his mouth,
    yet his food is turned in his stomach;
        it is the venom of cobras within him.
    He swallows down riches and vomits them up again;
        God casts them out of his belly.
    He will suck the poison of cobras;
        the tongue of a viper will kill him.
    He will not look upon the rivers,
        the streams flowing with honey and curds.
    He will give back the fruit of his toil
        and will not swallow it down;
    from the profit of his trading
        he will get no enjoyment.
    For he has crushed and abandoned the poor;
        he has seized a house that he did not build.
    “Because he knew no contentment in his belly,
        he will not let anything in which he delights escape him.
    There was nothing left after he had eaten;
        therefore his prosperity will not endure.
    In the fullness of his sufficiency he will be in distress;
        the hand of everyone in misery will come against him.
    To fill his belly to the full,
        God will send his burning anger against him
        and rain it upon him into his body.
    He will flee from an iron weapon;
        a bronze arrow will strike him through.
    It is drawn forth and comes out of his body;
        the glittering point comes out of his gallbladder;
        terrors come upon him.
    Utter darkness is laid up for his treasures;
        a fire not fanned will devour him;
        what is left in his tent will be consumed.
    The heavens will reveal his iniquity,
        and the earth will rise up against him.
    The possessions of his house will be carried away,
        dragged off in the day of God's wrath.
    This is the wicked man's portion from God,
        the heritage decreed for him by God.”

(Job 20 ESV)

1 Corinthians 7

    Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

    Now as a concession, not a command, I say this. I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own gift from God, one of one kind and one of another.

    To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am. But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

    To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife.

    To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace. For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?

    Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches. Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision. For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God. Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called. Were you a bondservant when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.) For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ. You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men. So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.

    Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy. I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you do marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman marries, she has not sinned. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that. This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.

    I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.

    If anyone thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his betrothed, if his passions are strong, and it has to be, let him do as he wishes: let them marry—it is no sin. But whoever is firmly established in his heart, being under no necessity but having his desire under control, and has determined this in his heart, to keep her as his betrothed, he will do well. So then he who marries his betrothed does well, and he who refrains from marriage will do even better.

    A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. Yet in my judgment she is happier if she remains as she is. And I think that I too have the Spirit of God.

(1 Corinthians 7 ESV)

1 Corinthians 7: The apostle Paul here teaches a general rule that he apparently teaches in each church that he visits. All Christians are to “lead the life that the Lord has assigned to them, and to which God has called them.” So many people assume that coming to Christ will guarantee a better position in this life. However, the Bible clearly teaches and reveals that this is just simply not the case. The most common misconception about God which inevitably leads to a confused Christianity is the assumption that life is about us and that God exists to help us live a better life. However, we all must come to grips with the shocking and incredibly offensive truth that life is not about us. 

We exist for God; God doesn’t exist for us. We are a creation; God is the Creator. Everyone’s dealt a different hand in life for a variety of different reasons. However, like the apostle Paul alludes to here, the only question that a Christian should be asking is, “How can I best honor and glorify God with the hand that I’m currently holding?” 
This truth proves to be a difficulty for so many people because they feel that it is quite unfair. Accepting this truth that we are to honor God with the hand that we’re currently holding is only possible when we deeply consider the One who is calling us to do so. If our Lord was willingly to do what He did for us through His Incarnation, Death and Resurrection then should there a be limit to what we're willing to do for Him? Our God is not a God sitting on His throne in heaven demanding our trust; Our God is the God who came down to earth and died for us proving Himself trustworthy. The only reason that we even have the option of being called by God is because of what He’s already done Himself. May we contemplate the shocking reality that our life is not primarily about us. Our life and reason for living is to honor the God who’s given His life.