We are going to pick up with Job’s friends trying to help Job by telling him of all the bad things he must have done to deserve the punishment he was getting. What his friends didn’t realize was they were doing Satan’s work for him.
What his friends were doing was to see Job’s plight from their own narrow way of seeing things and failed to realize Satan was the one complicating things for Job. They didn’t feel his pain that was driving his thinking. You can’t think straight when you’re in a lot of pain.
Romans 12: 9-16 tells us: “9. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another. 11. Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12. Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13. Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 14. Bless them, which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits”.
We need to obey Romans 12: 9-16 and help our fellow Christians who are in trouble. Job’s friend Eliphaz tried to help Job by asking him why Job didn’t practice what he preached? Eliphaz said sinners always reap what they sow. Not knowing for sure what was going on in Job’s life he was suggesting that it was Job’s fault that he was now poor and sick. The man judged him, something we all should leave up to God. Eliphaz was using his own experience with God to judge Job.
We should avoid those who make their own experiences the only test of truth. We are taught the Word of God does not change, but our experiences do. All of us are different, and God knows how to deal with each of us in the best ways suitable to our needs and our natures and our level of maturity. So we see Eliphaz was not very helpful in the way he helped a fellow Christian in need of comfort.
Eliphaz finished his speech to Job by telling Job to seek God and submit to Him and accept His correction, and God would bless him again. This played right into Satan’s hands: Satan was thinking “ Does Job fear God for nothing?” It seams Eliphaz had the same thinking as Satan and he didn’t even know it. The thing to remember here is, if you want to help others you need to listen to their needs with your heart as well as your ears and the Holy Spirit will guide you as to how to help. Don’t make the same mistake as Eliphaz did and let your experiences guide you. We read in 1 Corinthians 13:9: “ For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.”
Even in his agony Job admitted that his words were rash, and he tried to explain why. But Job’s grief and pain, that was very real to him, wasn’t something his friends realized or understood, so they failed to help him, much as they were trying to help him with his burdens.
In 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 we read: “ For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” This tells us of our frailties, especially if we are in the service to God. This also shows the evidence of Gods power.
All Glory to God
His humble servant Lee M Buchanan