Today’s Reading: Job 5 – 7
Today we find Job in the midst of his misery. He has lost everything but his life and wife. He is miserable and suffering with boils all over his body. His speeches are filled with depressing pleas to simply die.
His three friends joined him in his anguish. At first the arrived and simply sat with him for seven days, not saying a thing. I think there is something to be said for friends that will sit with you during the crisis, simply being there as support. But after seven days they begin to comment on Job’s situation. Partly because no one can be silent in such a situation and partly because Job’s monologs deserve a response.
Unfortunately, the friends are not always correct in their advice. At times the jump to conclusions without knowing all the facts. They offer bad advice and blame Job for his situation. But sometimes, when they are talking about the character of God they speak truth.
While speaking to Job, Eliphaz shares this truth of God.
Job 5:17 – 19 NLT
17 “But consider the joy of those corrected by God!
Do not despise the discipline of the Almighty when you sin.
18 For though he wounds, he also bandages.
He strikes, but his hands also heal.
19 From six disasters he will rescue you;
even in the seventh, he will keep you from evil.
Solomon taught us about the joy that comes from correction from God. It is very clear, the correction comes from a father that loves you. God’s correction of us come out of his love for us.
Proverbs 3:11 – 12 |NIV
My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
The writer of Hebrews also tries to encourage us on this same topic.
Hebrews 12:5 NIV
And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
James takes it a bit further and shares that trials and tests provide us an opportunity to receive a crown from God. Why, because he loves us.
James 1:12 NIV
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
How about you? Have you been through a trial or time of correction from God? Did you realize God’s correction came to you in love? How did you react? How long did it take from the time you sat their in self pity until the time you realized and sensed the presence of God’s love?