• William T. Howe Ph.D.

June 3, 2021

Daily Reading: Job 8-10

Job 8:6

If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.

Job's second friend to take it upon himself to dissect Job's condition was Bildad. He was not kind to his friend, rather he was curt, dismissive, and filled with accusations. What a friend! Right? Among other things, Bildad said to Job: If thou wert pure and upright. He was! God said he was. Remember Job 1:1, 1:8, 2:3, herein the Lord said of Job that he was upright. Not only upright but perfect: There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. Now, though, Bildad is speaking of things he knew nothing of, and accuses the book's namesake of not being pure or upright.

He goes on to say that God would wake up and prosper Job in his righteousness. He did that. Again, remember how much substance Job had in chapter 1. In that chapter we read, ...this man was the greatest of all the men of the east. What was Bildad thinking? Job was pure, upright, even perfect. He was made prosperous in his righteousness. Yet, here is this man, his friend (so called) accusing him of being otherwise. Yet, Job himself testified of that which was happening. He said ...the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

However, Bildad did not listen, did not hear, would not come to understand. He had his opinion, and he was going to give it.

Herein is a lesson. Job had a handle on all that was happening. Yes, he was in considerable consternation over it, even to the point of despair, but he seemed to grasp that this was some unusual movement of God in his life. Yet, Bildad and all of his friends did not hear what Job said. They may have heard the words, but they did not consider it. This is an ample flaw among many, yea I say more than many, most, perhaps all. I've done this, and so have you. We hear what another says about a subject, their opinion is different from our own. Instead of actually hearing what they say, we instead spend the time that they are speaking formulating our argument against their position. We are going to win the point regardless of their logic or wisdom in the matter. This is not an exchange of ideas. This becomes a battle of the wills.

Is winning more important than truth? Job was speaking the truth. Bildad was speaking folly. Instead of listening, considering, or thinking about that which Job contended, this friend rushed headlong into being wrong. While here, consider another point. There is no record that Bildad, nor any other friend, prayed with and/or for Job. If they had, perhaps they would not have been so quick to accuse him, but rather perhaps they would have comforted him. After all, according to 2:11 that is why they visited him, to mourn with him and comfort him. Yet, all they really did was accuse him.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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