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Job 25-26

5/21/2020

A Devotional Journey
    led by Dr. Gene Pearson 
Thru the Bible in a Year
           
            After listening to Bildad’s restatement (25:4-6) of Eliphaz’s earlier comments on human depravity (4:17-19; 15:14-16), Job responds with biting sarcasm born out of the frustration of his pain and the seeming hopelessness of his position. 
            Still Job recognizes the unfathomable depths of God’s power and the limited capacity of human beings to understand.  The point made is that if we do not grasp the limited knowledge of God we possess (the outer fringe in 26:14), then how impossible it must be to understand the full extent of His greatness, power and plan.
            The three friends have not eased Job’s pain but only increased it!  The discussion has not led to encouragement and hope but to increased frustration and a sense of futility.
 
            How hard is it for you to remember the need of others for encouragement instead of criticism or blame?  Do you ever catch yourself reacting to the appearances and thereby missing the realities in a situation? 
            It is human nature to express our insecurities.  We sometimes do it in our effort to please others, in our determination to defend ourselves and in our quickness to criticize the flaw in someone else which might also be lurking in us, if the truth were known.  It is a dangerous and sometimes damaging undertaking to point out someone else’s flaws as Job’s friends did.  Much better is an approach which stirs up hope and inspires a desire to go on in a stronger and more positive way.  That is why the Bible says, “The tongue of the wise brings healing.” (Proverbs 12:18).
            Today, look for someone who needs your help.  When you find them, remind yourself that you are not going to allow your conversation and actions to become expressions of your own insecurity, but, rather an encouragement to the other person to overcome their own.  Ask God’s help and you can become a healer!

 
© A. Eugene Pearson 2010