Do our words comfort or condemn those who need the true light of Jesus?
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Psalm 119: 121 Don't leave me to the mercy of my enemies, for I have done what is just and right. 122 Please guarantee a blessing for me. Don't let the arrogant oppress me! 123 My eyes strain to see your rescue, to see the truth of your promise fulfilled. 124 I am your servant; deal with me in unfailing love, and teach me your decrees. 125 Give discernment to me, your servant; then I will understand your laws.
Lord, help me to hear wise council and to turn away worldly or foolish talk.
Read - Job 3-5 -
After a caring period of silence, Job’s friends hear him explode in a depressed anguish. Rather than cursing God, he curses his own birth. This is still a sin and a accusation towards the God who created him. Let grief and mourning have their place and time but remember that God establishes our ways and our days.
With friends like this, who needs enemies? Job’s friends begin to ‘diagnose’ where Job went wrong. Eliphaz is the first to speak and he basically places the blame upon Job in 4:7. Some of Eliphaz’s words are right and others are dead wrong. When receiving encouragement or help from caring friends prayerfully discern what is ‘for you’ and what needs to be discarded. A hint: when a person claims hidden or secret knowledge (4:12) you should be very watchful.
As a friend, when is the appropriate time for a rebuke? How was Eliphaz’s timing?
Lord, I celebrate that you created me even though some days are difficult. Rather than despising my life I seek to have you guide and guard it.
Read what Jesus’ said about sin and suffering in John 9:1-3. How does this relate to Eliphaz’s conclusion that Job was being punished for his sin?
Job’s faith hit a rock-bottom spot and would begin to be ‘misled by the enemy’ as the enemy would use some of the words of his friends to falsely accuse him (hint - that is what Satan does).