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“May you and I always be willing to listen to opposing views.” <>< Dona (07/10/20)

Please read Job 18 through 21.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

In Job 18 Bildad, one of Job’s friend, spoke.  He seemed to have the world all figured out.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Bildad asked Job to be sensible.

Something to think about

Bildad wanted to know when Job would quit talking.  He rejected Job’s side of the story because it just didn’t seem to fit Bildad’s view. 

Something to experience

Have we ever acted the same way when someone has a different opinion from ours?

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In Job 19:2 Job asked his friends “How long will you torment me and crush me with words?”

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, his friends had continually attacked Job with their words – opinions and advice.

Something to think about

It seems Job’s friends were accusing him of sin to make him feel guilty, not to encourage him.

Something to experience

When we feel we must correct someone, we should be sure we are confronting that person because we love them, not because we are annoyed, inconvenienced or seeking to blame them.

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In Job 19:6 Job wrongly identified God as the party drawing him into a net.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Job didn’t realize You were not causing the difficulties he was experiencing.

Something to think about

God though had allowed satan to bring difficulties upon Job.  The evil power (satan and his demons) have been loosed in the world. And account for much of the suffering we experience.

Something to experience

But we can declare as Job did in verse 25-27 “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth. … I will see God; I myself will see Him with my own eyes … How my heart yearns within me!”

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In Job 20 Zophar spoke.  He said he was greatly disturbed and he heard words that dishonored him. (verses 2-3).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Zophar seemed to believe Job’s calamities proved his wickedness.

Something to think about

We should not be concerned about the success and power of evil people.  God’s judgment will come and it will be fair.

Something to experience

Not all people who are experiencing calamities are evil people.  We need to be careful that we don’t make snap judgments.  In fact leaving the judging to God might work better for those of us who aren’t called to be judges.

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In Job 21 Job replied to what had been said to him.  He told Zophar evil people do prosper. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Job knew that You were in control not those who populate the earth.

Something to think about

God does what He wants and He allows what He wants. We cannot use someone’s circumstances to determine their goodness or God’s.

Something to experience

God judges us by our heart.  He has the best plan for each of us. 

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will be considerate of those who have a different opinion than us (Proverbs 18:2; Proverbs 29:20 AMP).  Lord, I pray when we believe we need to confront someone it will be done in love not because we’re annoyed or inconvenienced by them (Ephesians 4:15 AMP).  Lord, thank You for being our Redeemer (Job 19:25-27 AMP).  Lord, I pray we will look forward to meeting You face to face (I Corinthians 13:12 AMP).  Lord, I pray we will not make snap judgments about anyone. I pray we will leave the judging to You (I Corinthians 4:4 AMP). Lord, search us thoroughly and know our hearts, test us and know our anxious thoughts.  See if there are any wicked or hurtful ways in us (Psalm 139:23-24 AMP).  Lord, I pray the words of our mouth and the meditation of our hearts will be acceptable and pleasing in Your sight (Psalm 19:14 AMP).   In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I speak words that are acceptable and pleasing to the Lord. <>< Dona