TOPIC: Futility Of Opposing God (DCLM Daily Manna 10 August 2021)

TEXT: Job 9:1-11

1 Then Job answered and said,

2 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?

3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.

4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?

5 Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger.

6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.

7 Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.

8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.

9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.

10 Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.

11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.

KEY VERSE: “He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?” – (Job 9:4)


What would you think of a man that attempts to crush a rock by throwing eggs at it? Foolish, of course. Yet, this foolishness is akin to when a person clenches his fist and grinds his teeth against his Maker. From the earliest of times, people have been doing that by hardening their hearts against God and working contrary to His will.


Job, in today’s text, harped on the futility of opposing God. He asked, “who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?” Job’s friends ignorantly assumed that his predicament was a result of his sinfulness. He acknowledged God’s justice and the reality of the sinfulness of man. He also commended the almighty power of God as demonstrated on earth and in heaven. He observed that God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. He removes mountains, shakes the earth, and controls the sun and stars, and threads upon the sea waves. He moderates Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades (different stars) and governs the unseen regions of the southern hemisphere. Indeed, God “doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.”

Against such a mighty God who would dare rebel? Unfortunately, people do. Everyone that does not believe in God or violates His precepts does. We live in days marked by sins of hitherto unthinkable proportion. They “call evil good, and good evil”. They promote pervasions that clearly violate God’s word. They forget that rebellion is not only a futile attempt but that which attracts eternal damnation.

The only safe ground in this matter is in Christ. If you have not repented of sin, you are resisting God. As a believer, you should stop struggling with God. Remember that nobody hardens himself against Him and succeeds. Yield now.

You are either for God or against Him.

Esther 6-10

DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.

1. Admit that you are a sinner. "For all [humans] have sinned, and comes short of the glory of God....[and] the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 3:23)
2. Repent now. "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out ...[for] if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness " (Acts 3:19, 1 John 1:9)
3. Believe that God loves you and Jesus died for you. "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet Sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)
4. Invite Jesus into your life through prayer of faith. Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20)