Please read Job 22, Job 23, Job 24, Job 25. Head on back and I’ll share what I’m thinking about this morning!
Thankfully we can trust in the Lord to encourage us, because Job certainly is not getting encouragement from the friends. Eliphaz’s attack (the third attack, we should mention) is especially unkind (“Do you think it’s because He cares about your purity that He’s disciplining you, putting you on the spot? Hardly! It’s because you’re a first-class moral failure, because there’s no end to your sins” 22:4-5 MSG). Try reading it aloud – it’s be tough to put a sweet tone of voice along with words like that. Job is surrounded. What is his response?
If I knew where on earth to find Him,
I’d go straight to Him.
I’d lay my case before him face-to-face,
give Him all my arguments firsthand.
I’d find out exactly what He’s thinking,
discover what’s going on in His head.
Do you think He’d dismiss me or bully me?
No, He’d take me seriously. (22:3-7 MSG)
I think Job is comparing God to Eliphaz at this moment, and he recognizes that there is no comparison. Would God bully him like Eliphaz did? No. One thing that stands out to me today: Job does not judge God the Father based on the behavior of His children. We do that, don’t we? For example, one might leave a church because a church member was unkind, project other’s behavior on to the Lord. Job doesn’t do that – he remains faithful to the God who is faithful to him, even if His children are unkind.
That’s great lesson and example for us today.