When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.
Job 22:29 –
Rejoice in the deliverance of the Lord before you see it. Trust God and praise him for the good plans he has for your life, even while cast down. Faithfully obey and humbly serve the Lord-
Think of Joseph. Faithful to God even though his brothers cast him down. Into a well they cast him down ans sold him. In Potiphers house, Potipher’s wife cast him down with slanderous lies. In prison he seemed, utterly cast down, yet he looked up to Him who made promises long before.
He interpreted the dreams of the two men in jail, and the one who got out and lived on, forgot him, and cast him down.
Yet on the day it came, Pharaoh had his dream, and God lifted him up.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. (1 Peter 5:6)
Job’s friends said “When they cast you down, and you say, “Exaltation will come!” Then He will save the humble person”
Yet had not Eliphaz and his friends among them realized, he cast Job down. And Job said earlier:
I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes —I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!
Job 19:25-27 –
Though Satan, his wife, his friends cast him down, God raised him up and cast them down under his humbling hand.
—-After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has. So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.” So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the Lord told them; and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer. After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the Lord had brought on him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring. The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. And he also had seven sons and three daughters. The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers. After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. And so Job died, an old man and full of years.
Job 42:7-17 –
Job’s friends exalted themselves above their poor friend, and Josephs brothers exalted themselves above Joseph. Yet who then later was put under Job’s feet, was it not his arrogant friends? Who then was under Joseph’s feet, his arrogant envious brothers. Because God raised up the humble and humbled the proud!
When Jesus was taken to the cross, Judas betrayed him first and cast him down, Peter denied him thrice and cast him down. The crowds cried “Crucify him!” They cast Him down. The Roman soldiers mocked and casr him down. Yet God had lifted Him up, to draw all to Himself.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:5-11 –
Who was exalted? The meek and gentle Christ. Who will later bow? The entire race of man.
It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’”
Romans 14:11 –
Who also will be trampled down? Satan and his fallen host, thrown into their eternal home.
Yet “He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. 40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.
Matthew 13:37-43 –
To those who read and may fear, knowing they have not made peace with God, humble yourselves now, and receive His Son! He will graciously forgive and pardon those who humbly turn to Him.
Yet he will one day humble those who refuse!