May 23

Job 12-15, Psalm 138

As the discourse continues in the story of Job, we see it taking a more hostile tone.  Though his friends initially sat and mourned with him quietly (Job 2:11-13), then asked politely to speak with him (Job 4:2), now the gloves are off and his friends are not holding back at all.  In Job 15:2-3, Eliphaz essentially tells him he is an ignorant windbag.  How can this discussion between friends, who obviously cared enough for Job to come from a distance and spend a great deal of time with him turn so contentious.  It should come as no surprise, it is pride.  What was Lucifer’s sin? Pride.  These men were claiming visions (Job 4:13-15) and to be speaking for God, but their pride was blinding them.  How this is so often the case when we argue.  Even if we start a discussion with good intentions, when the other person disagrees or doesn’t seem to get it, the volume and tone of the “discussion” seem to turn up in order to make the other person understand.  Look at any news channel, and look how individuals from opposing sides behave.  Never listening to each other, aside from formulating their rebuttal, the discourse escalates.  Any wise comments are soon lost in pride in order to win.

Job says in Job 13:3-4, “But I would speak to the Almighty, And desire to reason with God.  But you forgers of lies, You are all worthless physicians.”  James gives similar advice in verse 1:5 of his book, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”  Our arguments and clever reasoning outside of God’s truth is folly.  If we want to teach and give advice to those around us we can only properly do this if we submit to the full counsel of God written in His Word.  I speak to so many patients whose children have gone off to college, only to see any belief in God removed from their young minds by the well formed clever arguments posed by their teachers.  My answer is the same every time.  You are not going to win them back with clever arguments or with pleas to return to religion.  We who take in the Word of God and use this as our sword (Ephesians 6:17), can overcome any attack on our children or friends if we stay rooted in His wisdom and not our own worldly wisdom.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato