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Job’s Humble Reply – Part 4

Much has been told about the story of Job in the Bible – usually centering around the actions of Job himself.  I have decided to take a little different approach this time through and look for examples of poor advice, specifically from Job’s “friends” – Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar.  And, where appropriate, I am including snippets of Job’s continuing humble response to his friends.

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Here is a small nugget found buried in the middle of the book of Job.  Though calamity has fallen on him for no obvious reason, and though his friends are trying to convince him that his lowly place is a result of his own sin, Job shows great wisdom in realizing something.  Speaking about God, Job says:

“But he knows the way that I take;
when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”   — Job 23:10

Recall the beginning of the book of Job, where Satan indeed is allowed by God to test Job in nearly impossible ways.  This book began with a description of a spiritual battle being waged – it is not a book about the loss of possessions and sons and daughters.  It is a story of the spiritual forces making battle over one man’s soul.  Job has recognized that this entire episode is a test of his character – the conflict is spiritual.  And that is EXACTLY what is still happening today.  Satan desires our own souls today, just as he desired Job’s, and he will use our possessions and friendships – either good or bad – to attempt to lay claim to our place in eternity.  But like Job, we should step back and see the spiritual aspect of the battle.  Paul reminds us of this in the book of Ephesians:

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”   — Ephesians 6:10-12

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