Job’s friends start talking to him.
I always wish they would just be quiet.
I liked them until they started talking.
Eliphaz begins by telling Job what he thinks of suffering.
Oh wow… not helpful. Not compassionate.
Remember now, who ever perished being innocent?
The conclusion of Eliphaz is that Job deserves suffering! Job is not innocent. Job sowed trouble and is getting the harvest of suffering. This conclusion is based on everything Eliphaz has seen in his lifetime. Well, it has to be right then! Nope! The problem is that Eliphaz can’t see what is taking place in the heavenlies. He doesn’t see the very reason that Job is suffering is because he is innocent. Job has sown righteousness and gotten trouble!
What does the Bible say about suffering? A lot! But I’m carrying one verse with me today:
For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God. 1 Peter 2:19, 20
There is unjust suffering. Our goal should be to stay under that kind of suffering and act like a Christian knowing that God is involved. This finds God’s grace!
I’d rather have the favor of God than the understanding of man!
A few thoughts for me today as I go on my way rejoicing…
Remember to be quiet with my suffering friends. I have no idea what God is doing in their lives. Just be quiet! Be compassionate.
Remember my conclusions about things are so often wrong because I don’t see as God sees!
I love these thoughts today! I’m going on my way singing because God is in charge of suffering. The Lord Jesus is a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. His was unjust suffering! I’m looking at Him today!
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!