Today you should read: Job 15
Ever put your foot in your mouth? Have you said something you wished you could take back? As the words leave your mouth, you already know that it’s a dumb move.
• Saying something about your wife’s clothing choice/weight
• A smart-alec remark to a teacher
• Saying something about someone and then realizing they heard you
• Asking someone when the baby’s due
We’ve all been there before, but not quite like Job’s friends. They had all kinds of advice for Job when he was going through crisis, but apparently not the kind that Job — or GOD for that matter – was pleased with.
Check out what God says to them in Job 42:7-8
After the LORD had spoken these words to Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.” Job 42:8
God’s obviously not thrilled here. These guys had a SERIOUS foot-in-mouth experience. We’ll get to why in a minute, but first, I want to walk us through what Job’s friends did well while he was suffering and experiencing crisis. So — what did Job’s friends do right? In this tough-to-read book, I see a few signs that show that they were once on the right track to helping their friend.
1) They came to him in his need.
2) They mourned with him.
3) They spent time with him.
Sometimes, this is simply what your friends might need when they are going through crises. Be the right kind of friend in their time of need.
Job 15 shows another cycle of accusing Job, and I will highlight this more soon. I will pick up on what they did wrong in my next post (a week from today, Job 20)…
Posted by: Todd Thomas