The Story of Job. – Day 23
You are at a crossroads. You are at the door to change. You are facing the decision of more of the same or something different. You are seeking wisdom. You are hearing advice. You are asking questions. The answers are clear in some cases and vague in others. The answers are direct in some cases and open ended in others. Knowing that there is wisdom in many counselors, I ask for input. I trust into God rather than my own understanding in order to pursue God’s perfect plan and will at this juncture. I try to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit in order to discern the right decision. Today I need to choose. Today I need to decide. Today’s decision will impact many. Today’s decision will transform the day to day work and yet allow for similar surroundings. So before I go, I stop and turn to God’s Word.
Today’s reading comes out of Job 18:
‘Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said, “How long will you hunt for words and continue these speeches? Do some clear thinking and show understanding and then we can talk. Why are we regarded as beasts, As if [we are] stupid (senseless) in your eyes? You who tear yourself apart in anger, Is the earth to be abandoned for your sake, Or the rock to be moved out of its place? “Indeed, the light of the wicked will be put out, And the flame of his fire will not shine. The light will be dark in his tent, And his lamp beside him will be put out. The vigorous stride will be shortened, And his own counsel and the scheme [in which he trusted] will bring his downfall. For the wicked is thrown into a net by his own feet (wickedness), And he steps on the webbing [of the lattice-covered pit]. A snare catches him by the heel, And a trap snaps shut on him. A noose is hidden for him on the ground, And a trap for him on the path. Terrors frighten him on every side And chase at his heels. The strength [of the wicked] is famished and weakened, And disaster is ready at his side [if he stops]. His skin is devoured by disease; The firstborn of death [the worst of diseases] consumes his limbs. He is torn from his tent which he trusted [for safety], And he is marched and brought to the king of terrors (death). Nothing of his dwells in his tent; Brimstone (burning sulfur) is scattered over his dwelling [to purify it]. The roots [of the wicked] are dried up below, And above, his branch is cut off and withers. Memory of him perishes from the earth, And he has no name on the street. He is driven and propelled from light into darkness, And chased from the inhabited world. He has no offspring or prosperity among his people, Nor any survivor where he sojourned. Those in the west are astonished and appalled at his fate, And those in the east are seized with horror. Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked and the ungodly, And such is the place of him who does not know or recognize or honor God.”’— Job 18:1-21
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When people try to convince you of something do they use tactics? Are they using logic tactics? Are they using debate tactics? Are they using emotional tactics? Are they using fear tactics? What motivates you? What are you looking for in your conversations? Is it a peace, but not just someone trying to butter you up, a real peace that surpasses all understanding that allows you to know God’s in it?
We see as we look into the study of Job 18 how Bildad in his second attempt to speak to Job that reason isn’t working and so he moves on to trying to persuade Job with fear by scaring him into reality as he believes that Job is about to die the way of the wicked.
We see how Bildad, as with the previous speech to Job by Eliphaz, makes his second go merciless · pitiless · cruel · heartless · hard-hearted · hard · stony-hearted · stony · with a heart of stone · cold-blooded · cold-hearted · harsh · callous · severe · unmerciful · unrelenting · unsparing · unforgiving · unfeeling · uncaring · unsympathetic · uncharitable · lacking compassion · relentless · remorseless · unbending · inflexible · inexorable · implacable · unpitying · unremitting · steely · brutal · inhuman · inhumane · barbarous · barbaric · savage · bloodthirsty · sadistic · vicious · fierce · ferocious · cutthroat · dog-eat-dog · inclement · fell · marble-hearted. He tries to bring Job into his reality by telling him to “Do some clear thinking and show understanding and then we can talk.” He is trying to get him to stop being emotional and complaining and to calm down so he can be logical in order to be able to have a conversation.
We how he next moves into trying to reject and dismiss what Job had said and scoff at him when he says “Why are we regarded as beasts, As if [we are] stupid (senseless) in your eyes? You who tear yourself apart in anger, Is the earth to be abandoned for your sake, Or the rock to be moved out of its place?“
After all that he moves into telling a story of how the wicked will have bad outcomes and experiences.
We see how Bildad takes at how Job had described his friends in Job 12:7-12 when he describes them in terms of animals.
We see how Bildad’s story speaks to light and darkness in terms of life and and death. We learn how God is light and so for our lamps to be lit requires God to light it. We also learn how Bildad took it to the next step in speaking “the light of the wicked will be put out, And the flame of his fire will not shine.“
The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.— Proverbs 13:9
25And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’— Acts 17:25-28
We learn how Bildad in speaking of the wicked, compare them to how birds and animals are captured by “nets”, “snares”, “traps”, “nooses” and how that is the way the wicked will meet their demise.
So where are you at today? How will you respond to the offer from God of grace, mercy, and salvation? Are you ready to lean into all that God has for you? Are you ready to persevere and trust and have your faith built up? My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you. Are you ready for forgiveness and peace? Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it.