Bologna (bulloney)...I'm not entirely sure what's in it. It may be beef, it may pork but im convinced some people round-up all the roadkill in their city around 3am and throw it all in a grinder only to package it and sell it to sadly deceived individuals. The truth is they didn't know what to call it so they had to give it a first name. Today our bologna's name is Zophar and believe me this guy is full of it (meaning this guy has eaten ALOT of bologna haha). Zophar sees all that has happened to Job and tells him it's because he is not pure enough and that if he straightens up his life, all will be peaceful and easy...
“Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him, if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, 1then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear. You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by. Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning. You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety." Job 11:13-18
If you ever see bologna like this in the store and it starts speaking these words in your ear then you should run (Here's a free tip: it may be good to just stay away from talking food in general haha). Bologna may have the appearance of meat, but the contents of it are a little sketchy (if there is a Bologna fan in the building I just want to apologize for all the sarcastic sauce I'm throwin on your delicacy).
Zophar's sermon reflects one that was preached at Achan in Joshua 7. Achan buried some defiled treasure in his tent when God told the people not to...as a result he, his family and all his possessions were destroyed. Had Achan devoted his heart to God, putting away the sin in his hands and allowing evil not to dwell in his tent then it would of gone "well" for him and his family. Although this may of worked for Achan it doesn't apply for Job.
The truth is Job did nothing wrong. The Lord even referred to Job as being blameless. Job's trials were not a result of sin, they were actually a result of his faithfulness to God. 2 Timothy 3:12 says "In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." Although Job's time was before Jesus, his life is still a testimony of how God can bring His people through life's deadliest struggles, the most horrific of circumstances. God was the only thing Job could lean on and He proved to be faithful as He always is. Because Job chose to walk in the ways of the Lord he was enabled to walk as the Lord walks. Our God can walk on water, He can stand in the fire, He will enable his people to walk where there is no road and stand where there is no ground. In the same way our Lord has overcome, He will enable His people to overcome. Earthly pleasure is never a guarantee for those who claim to be followers of Christ. The blessings of God are not limited to earthly pleasures. Our hope should be more to obtain the eternal riches of the Kingdom of God than to sit up an earthly throne that with will fade.
We must ask the Lord to filter through His meat from people's bologna. God would you be the searcher of our hearts today. Lead us by your Spirit of power. Enable your people to stand upon the waters today and may our greatest reward be found in You. Amen