In chapters 6 through 9, we see Job attempt a response to Eliphaz. In 6:6 he compares Eliphaz’s words to a tasteless eggwhite…enough to make him gag! When people are going through severe trials, ill-advised counsel is distasteful. Job needed compassion more than he needed advice. Job needed encouragement. He needed to know that the pain he was suffering and the tears he was crying could someday be useful to someone else.
Do I trust that? Do I trust God enough to know that when something bad happens to me, and there is no explanation for the WHY question, that knowing God is enough? I hope so. I haven’t had anything serious or tragic happen to me….yet. But God. I have to cling to that and know that He is enough for me. His grace. It is all sufficient.
As I read on; I noticed that Eliphaz was talking ABOUT God. Job talked TO God. Big difference with a better outcome in the long run. Job had a relationship with God. Eliphaz presumed to know of God and His ways. I have to be very careful to not put God in a box. He works in all sorts of ways with all sorts of people. He is God. i am not.
I will close with a Jon Courson statement: “The thing to remember is that, when you’re in that valley, going through tough times, the wells formed from the tears that flow down your cheeks can actually refresh others who will come after you in their journey with the Lord”.
amen and amen.
Thursday challenge: find someone today to encourage with uplifting words, or no words at all…just your presence.