Archive for May 7th, 2003

Giving Hope – Job 4-7

Job is going through so much. He has lost everything except a wife who suggest he die (it seems like he would be better off without her). He has been afflicted in his body with terrible maladies, yet he goes on. The real lesson from Job 4-7 is not what we can learn from Job, but what we can learn from Eliphaz the Temanite. Eliphaz has the best of intentions. He is trying to help Job think of anything that may have brought the calamities upon him. He begins by discussing his belief that bad things do not happen to good people. Unfortunately, this false assumption invalidates his arguments. Bad things happen to good people each and every day. Essentially, Eliphaz is just babbling. In fact, I believe what we need to learn is the art of listening, speaking only with encouragement and to avoid giving advice unless it is definitely from the Holy Spirit. Job needed his friends to be there for him. He did not need his friends to try and solve his problems and be his psychotherapist. Just listening and loving is one of the hardest things for any of us to do. It is also one of the most important gifts we can give any friend or loved one. Sometime God lets us go through trials to learn, but the learning comes from the trial not the advice of others.

Dear Jesus,

Help me to understand you are the best friend and best counselor possible. Help me to understand that I do not have all (or many times any) of the answers. Help me to love, listen and occasionally encourage. Help me to not judge, over evaluate or give too much advice. Thank you for creating me with a problem solving mind and thank you for helping me to know when not to use it. Amen.

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Giving Hope – Job 4-7

Job is going through so much. He has lost everything except a wife who suggest he die (it seems like he would be better off without her). He has been afflicted in his body with terrible maladies, yet he goes on. The real lesson from Job 4-7 is not what we can learn from Job, but what we can learn from Eliphaz the Temanite. Eliphaz has the best of intentions. He is trying to help Job think of anything that may have brought the calamities upon him. He begins by discussing his belief that bad things do not happen to good people. Unfortunately, this false assumption invalidates his arguments. Bad things happen to good people each and every day. Essentially, Eliphaz is just babbling. In fact, I believe what we need to learn is the art of listening, speaking only with encouragement and to avoid giving advice unless it is definitely from the Holy Spirit. Job needed his friends to be there for him. He did not need his friends to try and solve his problems and be his psychotherapist. Just listening and loving is one of the hardest things for any of us to do. It is also one of the most important gifts we can give any friend or loved one. Sometime God lets us go through trials to learn, but the learning comes from the trial not the advice of others.

Dear Jesus,

Help me to understand you are the best friend and best counselor possible. Help me to understand that I do not have all (or many times any) of the answers. Help me to love, listen and occasionally encourage. Help me to not judge, over evaluate or give too much advice. Thank you for creating me with a problem solving mind and thank you for helping me to know when not to use it. Amen.