Tag: Satan’s tool
Scripture reading for May 20th: Job 4-7
Friends are a precious gift to any person! It seems that as we go through life, close friends who we can share our hearts with are few and far between. I am blessed with a close friend in my wife. I also have several men who are friends I can count on. But outside of your mate, friends who will stick with you and speak honestly to you through thick or thin are not that easy to find.
Job was in the thick of his personal crisis. He had lost his material possessions and his children, and now had lost his health as well. His body was covered with sores and he itched and ached. Worms infested the sores and he could find no rest day or night. He was just a shadow of his former self and had no answers as to why this was happening to him. His own wife had advised him to curse God and die! Three friends were there with him and had waited in silence.
Eliphaz was first to speak from the world-view of his day (and ours sometimes). That world-view stated that God punished the wicked and rewarded the righteous. Any suffering was the result of sin and God was correcting wickedness. If a man was honest about his sin, God would restore and heal. Eliphaz got this revelation from a personal experience with a “spirit” and by learning from personal observation. (Job 4:12-21) This worldly understanding was not the truth in Job’s case! God had allowed Job’s suffering for His own reasons and had Himself declared Job righteous before the suffering began! (Job 1:8)
Job knew his own heart and his integrity would not let him confess just anything to appease his friend. He would not try to manipulate God just to get everything back. Rather than being comforted by Eliphaz’s words, he was made even more miserable! (Job 6:21) Job went to God in prayer for the help he needed! (Job 7:17-21)
As I read this discourse, I am reminded of my need for compassion for those who suffer! It is so easy to judge them from my own worldly wisdom! God’s ways are above our understanding and we cannot always know the whole story through our own revelation or personal experience. Listening closer is wise! Waiting on the Lord and encouragement is a wiser course of action. My prayer: “Help me O Lord, to be a better friend to those who suffer!”