2011-07-25 - What Would Eliphaz Say?
"Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees." (Job 4:4)
I came to visit Job, to try to comfort him. When I saw Job, I honestly cried, for I did not recognize my friend - for the sickness changed his appearance.
I wish Job would take my advice and confess his sins to God. I have never seen him this down in the dumps. God can take away all Job's ailments with great ease, but he has to first ask for forgiveness. Nothing is too difficult for God. There is no better care for Job than the Father's. Job had only himself to blame, by keeping himself in a prolonged, sad attitude.
If Job despises correction from the Lord, how can he be delivered or healed? Good comes from confession, and the only thing Job has yet to do is look up. That is my belief. How much more complaining must he do? What more can he find to grumble about? Job has so much to gain: safety, comfort, and confidence. Fear could fall from his life, if he would take that first step. What does Job have to lose? I talk from personal experience. It is only for Job's own good, that I tell him these things.
Lord, I tell others to trust You, and now that the tables are turned, I am having a hard time taking my own advice. Please provide a way out sooner rather than later. May I not miss the opportunity to strengthen my faith. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Can you recall a time you were given some advice, and didn't take it?