Please read Job 15, Job 16, Job 17, and Job 18. Come on back when you’re done reading, and let’s chat! Here’s what I’m thinking about – I’d love to hear what you are thinking in response to today’s reading! 🙂
This isn’t spiritual, but, wow – Bildad was especially unkind today. One is either a blessing or a lesson – and Job has learned what NOT to do from his friends. As they attack him, he considers what he would do if in their place:
“What’s your problem that you go on and on like this?
If you were in my shoes,
I could talk just like you.
I could put together a terrific harangue
and really let you have it.
But I’d never do that. I’d console and comfort,
make things better, not worse!” (16:3-5)
Sometimes it’s helpful to speak with a trusted friend, but it’s important to remember that Jesus is our trusted Friend all the time. Job also recognizes that participating in the conversation with his friends doesn’t seem to help him.
“When I speak up, I feel no better;
if I say nothing, that doesn’t help either.
I feel worn down. (16:6)
Job is faithful in the good and in the difficult – that’s a lesson for us for sure.