Be careful giving advice to a person who isn’t in a state to hear it and be careful accepting advice from a person who is more interested in being right than in helping you with your situation.
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Lord, help me to trust that You are handling all the big problems in this world so that I can focus upon the problems You want me to be a part of fixing.
Read Job 12-15 —
Once people begin accusing one another it is very difficult to regain good relations. Job feels his friends are looking down at him and are even laughing at his misfortune. Let’s make sure that a friend in need never feels this way about how we treat them.
Job is giving us some wonderful truth in 12:13 “True Wisdom and Power are found in God”. He would learn that lesson even more than when he made this statement. This is why He desires to speak to God, to question God and to hear an answer to all of this from God (12:4, 13:2).
Job calls his friends ‘worthless quacks’. In terms of bringing him help or relief they weren’t practicing ‘good medicine’.
At the end of Chapter 13, Job begins to ask direct questions to God. His tone is bitter and his outlook is bleak. Chapter 14 has him comparing his life to a rock slowly worn down by water. Life does have a way of wearing us down. Is this the cruelty of God or does He have a more noble plan in this?
Eliphaz is the first friend to go at Job a second time. Apparently, he thinks that ‘if at first you don’t succeed…try, try again’.
Lord, give me grace to handle the onslaughts of advice given with good intent and give me discernment to turn away from ill-conceived advice.
Read 1 Corinthians 13 and pay particular attention to the first few verses. How might the ‘clanging symbol’ fit into Eliphaz’ and his friends?
In our quest to ‘Know’ God we are given more insight the more often we return to His instruction and His advice in His Word. In our ‘Marred’ world, going back to the well for another helping doesn’t always gain us the same growth.