“Is not God in the height of heaven? And see the highest stars, how lofty they are! And you say, What does God know? Can He judge through the deep darkness?” Job 22:12-13 NKJV
Eliphaz spoke the words in these verses. He attributed them to Job. A condemning and accusing tone turned to slander.
Eliphaz accused Job of gaining wealth by robbing the poor, withholding food and drink from hungry people, widows and orphans, mocking God and denying His power and authority. He accused Job of denying God’s ability to judge.
Eliphaz called on Job to acquaint himself with God and be at peace.
Job’s friends believed his calamity must have been the result of sin. They began with vague generalizations for why Job suffered great loss and pain. They moved on to hurling slanderous accusations with zeal borne of resentment and envy.
Job is described as a blameless and upright man, one who feared God and shunned evil. He was the greatest of all the people of the east. He took his role as high priest in his home very seriously. He was a leader in his community and respected by his peers.
A critical spirit springs forth from a critical eye!
The men who accused Job resented and envied him. A root of bitterness took hold. They began to despise Job. They gave full vent to their anger at Job’s success and standing in the community. In their eyes Job has stumbled. They kicked him while he was down!
I have noticed a root of bitterness taking hold in my heart. Anger fear and frustration hardened my heart. I felt the temperature of my wrath reaching the boiling point. It happened to me. It can happen to you!
Job trusted the Lord with his whole heart at the beginning of this book. At the end of the book Job is a hero. He struggled to trust God at the height of his ordeal. Job trusted God and remained faithful to the Lord regardless of His circumstances.
I write about trusting God all the time. I’ve trusted Him through severe trials and heartbreaking hardships. I will trust Him with difficult circumstances in the future. That does not mean I don’t struggle to trust God at times. We all do!
When I take steps in the wrong direction God gets me back on the path of faith in Jesus!
You may be struggling today. You may have taken some steps in the wrong direction. God wants you to get back on the path of faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
Don’t look back to the trials and hardships behind you. Don’t borrow trouble from tomorrow. Trust Jesus enough to follow Him today!
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