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“May you and I be willing to sit and just listen when someone wants to talk.” <>< Dona (07/03/20)

Please read Job 4 through 5. 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 4 Eliphaz, one Job’s friends, who had sat with Job for seven days and nights spoke.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Eliphaz claimed to have received special revelation (see verses 12-16).

Something to think about

Eliphaz argued that suffering is a direct result of sin, so if Job would just confess his sin, his suffering would end.  But Eliphaz inferred two wrong ideas: 1. that a good and innocent person never suffers (verse 7a).  2. Job was suffering because had done something wrong (verse 7b). Neither was true.

Something to experience

The Bible gives us examples of what we should do, as well as what we shouldn’t do.  We should avoid making false assumptions about others based on our own experiences. And we shouldn’t limit God to our own perspective and our own finite understanding of life.

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In Job 5:1-17 Eliphaz continued his advice.  And Eliphaz continued to believe Job’s difficulties were due to Job sinning.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Eliphaz wasn’t privy to satan’s part (see Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7) in Job’s difficulties.

Something to think about

Actually neither Job nor his friends knew of the conversation between satan and God.  It is human nature to blame people for their own troubles, but Job’s story makes it clear that blame cannot always be attached to those whom trouble strikes.

Something to experience

Be careful when giving advice.  We can sometimes give what we believe is excellent advice and then find out it doesn’t apply to the particular situation. Even when we offer counsel from God’s Word we should be sure we thoroughly understand their situation first.

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In Job 5:17-18 we can learn from Eliphaz’s words.  

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You help us grow through all we experience.  

Something to think about

God does not eliminate all hardship when we are following Him. And good behavior is not always rewarded by success or prosperity. 

Something to experience

When we face hardships our faith has an opportunity to grow. Both rewards and punishment are in God’s hands and given out at His discretion.

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Prayer

Lord thank You for giving us Your Word that is God-breathed, divine inspiration.  Your Word instructs us, convicts us of sin, corrects any errors we make, brings us back to obedience, and trains us in right living so we can behave honorably with personal integrity and moral courage (II Timothy 3:16 AMP).  Lord, help us to walk according to Your Word and to stay far from the counsel and advice of the wicked (Psalm 1:1 AMP).  Lord, help us to recognize when we experience hardships that though we may not be immediately rescued You will walk through them with us (Psalm 34:19 AMP).  Lord, I ask You to strengthen and establish our hearts so we will be able to remain faithful as we go through hardships (Acts 14:22 AMP).  Lord I pray we will patiently endure any hardship You allow us to go through (Romans 5:3 AMP).  Lord, may we always prefer to endure the hardships You allow rather than to enjoy the passing pleasure of sin (Hebrews 11:25 AMP).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I remain faithful to the Lord even when we face hardships.” <>< Dona