In Job, chapter 8, we learn about Bildad, another one of Job’s friends. He joined in the discussion with Job and said, 2“doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice? If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression; If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty; If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous. Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.” (Job 8:3-7) So we learn that Bildad agreed with his friend Eliphaz, who thought that Job was being punished for his sins and the sins of his children. He explained that God is just and judges everyone according to their works. On the day of judgment, we will know exactly why we were tried the way we were on earth. And because he believed that Job was not pure and upright before God, it made sense to him that he was also not made prosperous upon the land. You see, he believed in the prosperity gospel of today. That if you love God then you will have everything you need, including money. However, this is not always true for people who love God. They go through trials just like unbelievers do, and often more than them because of persecution. Now, remember that 1“the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” (Job 1:8) So everything he thought about Job was wrong. Nobody knows our true intentions towards God, and to judge somebody wrongfully is awful.
Now, Bildad, didn’t stop with his accusations towards Job, for he also said, 2“can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water? Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb. So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite’s hope shall perish: Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider’s web. He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.” (Job 8:11-15) 2“Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers: Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing. They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.” (Job 8:20-22) He said many more things as well, but these were the key points that I wanted to address with you all. There is so much here that would make a person feel very hurt and embarrassed by, because of all the wrongful accusations he was throwing at Job. He mentioned that God cuts down the good things in our lives when we forget Him. This he pointed a finger at Job. He called him a hypocrite and that his hope will perish and be cut off in death. There is no true trust in Job’s faith, he said, for it is like unto a spider’s web. He believed that Job was leaning on what he had and not God, and now that it is gone there lies nothing else in his life that will help him. If he was made perfect in God’s eyes, he would not be cast away. Wow! What we learned here is what not to say to someone who is suffering and going through trials. Instead, we go to comfort them and to deliver them peace from God, never discord but love and kindness.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that we will be more loving and less judgmental. That we will be more kind and considerate of people’s needs and less about our self and what we desire. May our knowledge come from You and not from our own thoughts and the thoughts of this world. There is so much I still need to let go of which does not come from You, and I know that many other people need to do the same. So often do I pray that Your thoughts will be my thoughts. That my mind will be filled up with Your wisdom and knowledge. That I will see people in need and jump to help them, and no longer be hesitant about it. May there be fewer people who suffer with no person to lean on, but that Your children will come to these people in droves. I am speaking of people who need our help on the streets who are homeless, those in jail or prisons, hospitals, assisted living facilities or nursing homes, and in people’s homes. So many people are suffering because of sickness, a death in the family or friend, loss of a job, financial issues, marriage problems, family issues, and more. We have people hooked on drugs and are addicted to terrible things that are drawing people away from You. I can see the evils of this world and my heart sinks just knowing that it is affecting people who love You. For this reason, will I seek those out who are in need of our help, plus our prayers. How can I live this life building my own life up, while other people are suffering? This pains my soul just thinking about people all around me who are less fortunate than me and my family. So I pray for their needs and cry out to You for love, comfort, and peace to fill their souls. If these people are near me, lead me to them, that I might be a beacon of hope and lead them to Your presence, oh Lord. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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