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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Job's New Friend

Job 32:1 thru Job 34:37

We had a new character step forward today that we did not even know was there listening to Job and his friends banter.

Elihu is young but wise beyond his years.  I kind of like this new dude.  One reason is because I feel he is the only one who was really listening to Job's words and heart because he is the only one who quotes Job verbatim. 

Elihu gives insight in chapters 32 and 33 illustrating through three examples the meaning if Job's suffering.

Job 33:14 he says, For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it.  Then he illustrates three ways that God may speak to a person and to Job.

#1 Through dreams and visions (Job 33:15).  Job thought that the dreams he had in the night were examples of divine torment (7:14).  Now Elihu is gently suggesting they might God's speaking to Job.

#2 Through the chastening of sickness (Job 33:19-22).  Job lamented his suffering, feeling that it was an example of how God hated him (16:9).  We know that was not the case.

#3 Through the voices of a mediator or a friend (Job 33:23-25).

Elihu's major point here in chapter 33 is that God may be trying to get Job's attention through his current condition.

We are seeing how Elihu is intelligently interpreting Job's dilemma in a way that will ultimately lead Job to see things differently.

How many times has God tried to speak to us through our situation to teach us, stretch us, and mature us but we were so tuned into our suffering that we tuned God out?

Our reading ended today with Elihu telling Job, ...you speak angry words against God.

God is the one who is for Job and yet Job is speaking against God.  Elihu tells Job he is speaking out of ignorance and his words lacked insight (34:35).

Job has had so many voices speaking to him that he cannot hear the one voice that matters most, God’s.  Elihu is a voice of reason.  We all need friends like that, people who do not just tell us what we want to hear but what we need to hear.

I want to give you a way to know if someone is a true friend in your life or not.  Ask yourself this question, Am I a better person because of their presence in my life?

Another great question is, Is someone else a better person because of my presence in their life?

We have almost come to the end of our time with Job and his friends.  I really hope we are learning to view our troubles in life a little differently.  

When we go through hard times let's ask ourselves... What is God teaching me?  How is this making me a better person?  How can I use this time wisely? 

When our perspectives are correct, we can walk through almost anything.  And a little help from our friends goes a long way.

So let's allow our prayers today be to hear God's voice through our friends, our dreams, and even our sicknesses.

Hope you have a great Saturday friend,

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