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January 3, 2019

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Reading along with us in Job? Here’s today’s reading:

Job 8 (ESV)

Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:

“How long will you say these things,
    and the words of your mouth be a great wind?
Does God pervert justice?
    Or does the Almighty pervert the right?
If your children have sinned against him,
    he has delivered them into the hand of their transgression...Continue Reading

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  1. Job 8:13-14 (ESV)
    13  Such are the paths of all who forget God; the hope of the godless shall perish. 14  His confidence is severed, and his trust is a spider’s web.

    Like Eliphaz, Bildad offers some counsel. I do believe that his counsel is borne out of genuine concern for Job and like Eliphaz Bildad believes the current suffering is based in sin. If it isn’t Job’s sin perhaps then it is because of the sin of his children. However, we know in the first two chapters that the current suffering is not because of the children’s sin or Job’s.

    There are times where I face suffering due to my own sin or decisions. And as Pastor Peter stated a few days ago, God does discipline those whom he loves. But in offering counsel to others and even to ourselves, we must be aware that not all suffering is the result of personal sin. My wife, Brenda, made a comment this morning that we don’t see the whole picture in life. It is like we see only a 1″ x 1″ picture while God sees the whole 360-degree panoramic picture. For his ways are not our ways, his thoughts are higher than our thoughts.

  2. 2 “How long will you say these things,
    and the words of your mouth be a great wind?
    3 Does God pervert justice?
    Or does the Almighty pervert the right?
    4 If your children have sinned against him,
    he has delivered them into the hand of their transgression.
    5 If you will seek God
    and plead with the Almighty for mercy,
    6 if you are pure and upright,
    surely then he will rouse himself for you
    and restore your rightful habitation.

  3. Although Bildad does function from the crime and punishment perspective, he does share some good insight. He does point Job to hope in God and look to Him, to recognize that God does have the ability to turn things around and that hope for the future can effect Job’s attitude in the present. He also encourages Job to consider what other people have learned about God. It is very easy for us to become myopic about our situation and think that defines the whole of life and the whole of who God is and how He acts. If that then blinds us to others perspective and what they have learned of God through their experience, then we are missing something. Now what Bildad says Job will learn from investigating other’s experience with God is the whole crime and punishment perspective, the Deuteronomic code of God blessing the righteous and punishing the wicked. Which is a correct principle, it is just not the only one. And Bildad could heed his own advice to see what others have learned about other principles that guide God’s action beyond crime and punishment. And if none could be found, at least now we all have the experience of Job to rely on to teach us that God does at times act outside of the Deuteronomic code. And it is true that God does not reject a blameless man or strengthen the hands of evil doers (verse 20). And nothing need shake us from the perspective that God is always present, always powerful, always purposeful, always has a plan, and will always make provision for us to walk in that plan. There is always therefore a place of peace, comfort and purpose that we can find in Him.

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