Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said: “If one attempts a word with you, will you become weary? But who can withhold himself from speaking? Job 4:1-2 NKJV
Eliphaz responded to Job cursing the day he was born. At first glance it appears his friend was offering counsel and comfort. He was not. He was calling Job a hypocrite.
Years ago, my wife and I met with a Christian couple for counseling. I was scolded every time I didn’t agree with the gentleman. He said I was being resistant. We met in small groups for years. I learned a lot from him. It just wasn’t what he was teaching.
Telling people what to do, feel and think is not counseling. It is not helpful. My former Pastor and friend often said, “A person convinced against his will is unconvinced still!”
“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18
God takes time to reason with us because He loves and respects us. He explains the difference between good and evil. He lets us know when we miss the mark of submission to God’s will and walk into sin. He also makes a way for us to be forgiven of our sin!
Job was not sinless anymore than I was when I needed counseling. God declared him blameless and upright through his faith in the Lord. Eliphaz called Job a hypocrite because he assumed Job had hidden sin in his life. He did not. Job shunned evil.
You and I will not be free of sin until Jesus takes us home. We can be declared blameless and upright through faith in Jesus Christ. We can shun evil through our faith in Christ. And we can offer the grace of God to hurting people through faith in the Lord!
Sin was the reason Job sought death. It was sin that brought corruption into our world. It was sin that caused our world to spiral further and further from the perfection of God’s design. It is sin that causes men to mimic Satan and accuse each other!
Eliphaz had a vision that came upon him in fear and trembling in the night. He heard a voice saying: “Can a mortal man be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than his maker? Vs 17
Eliphaz believed those words were for Job. Maybe they were for Him!
Legalism puts us in the place of God to judge each other. Grace puts us in the place of others so we can seek God’s best for them. The former is sin. The latter is a blessing!
God created us in His image and likeness. We can come alongside hurting people to offer counsel and comfort. We cannot do that if we see ourselves as sitting in the place of God to judge and condemn. We can if we put ourselves in their place and share God’s grace!
Share the grace of God with someone somewhere today. Do it through faith in Jesus!
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