When your strength fails, ‘look up’ rather than give up.
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Psalm 119: 130 The teaching of your word gives light, so even the simple can understand. 131 I pant with expectation, longing for your commands. 132 Come and show me your mercy, as you do for all who love your name. 133 Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by evil.
Read - Job 6-8 -
Job responds to Eliphaz in exasperation. Truly, the rebuke of his friends has begun to wear on him already…and there is much more to come. As he lists the things people complain about in 6:5-7 we see just how petty we can be…
Job finally despairs to the point of wishing he was dead. When a true friend hears these type of self-harm threats we must lovingly act.
When we are having a tough time one of the things to stay away from is ‘absolute thinking’ in ways that lead us to despair. In 7:7 Job says ‘I will never again feel happiness’. As we read the book we see that this was simply not true. Only God and His promises are absolute.
Bildad gives his first response/accusation to Job in Chapter 8. He accuses him of sounding like a blustering wind in Verse 2 (not something I would recommend for anybody much less a person in pain). He assumes his children were being punished for their sin (a sure-fire way to pick a fight is to pick on somebody’s baby’s). Let’s learn from this ‘friendly advice’ and apply a better strategy the next time we are caring for a person in need.
Lord, even when my happiness wanes and my strength fails, help me not to give up or give away to despair but to trust in You.
Job’s attitude in chapter 7 catches punishment later in the book when God calls him to account for his attitude - see Job 38:2.
Bildad’s first response to Job is full of truth with just a small bit of error. This reminds us of the similar ‘misleading’ of Satan. Just like a small bit of the wrong ingredient can ruin a cake, when a little lie is mixed in to your heart/mind you are in jeopardy of getting off-track.