Jan 29, 2023
Deus está conosco nas alegrias e nas tristezas. (Trabalho 16)
Dio è con noi nelle gioie e nei dolori. (Lavoro 16)
Dieu est avec nous dans les joies et dans les peines. (Travail 16)
Бог с нами и в радости, и в печали. (Работа 16)
Dios está con nosotros en las alegrías y en las tristezas. (Trabajo 16)
خوشیوں اور غموں میں اللہ ہمارے ساتھ ہوتا ہے۔ (ایوب 16)
Gott ist mit uns in Freuden und in Sorgen. (Aufgabe 16)
Scripture reading - Job 16
Eliphaz had made no allowance for Job to be anything less than guilty of some great wickedness. After all, he reasoned, “the wicked man travaileth with pain all his days” (Job 15:20a). Having begun with that false premise, Eliphaz wrongly concluded God was punishing Job. Job’s response was recorded in three pleas in chapters 16-17. The first was a plea for mercy, rather than comfort.
Job’s Response to Eliphaz (Job 16:1-6)
The introductory verses of Job 16 reflect the heart of a man who was weary of accusations, brought by men who came under the pretense of showing compassion. Instead of comfort, Eliphaz had wounded and offended Job. He and his friends were, in Job’s words, “miserable comforters” (Job 16:2). Job rebuked Eliphaz , and said, “Shall vain words have an end? Or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest?” In 21st century vernacular, Job essentially said, “Stop Talking! What makes you think you have anything worth saying?”
Job’s friends were unsympathetic to his plight, and their words only added to his misery (Job 16:1-14). Job contemplated, if he were he in Eliphaz’s place, he would be able to heap upon him similar judgments (Job 16:4). Yet, had they born his sorrows, they would have empathy (Job 16:4-5).
Job’s Complaint Against God (Job 16:7-22)
Turning from his friends, I count at least seventeen complaints Job confessed to God in Job 16:7-22. I will not take the time to list all of his complaints, but I remind you they reflect the anguish of a hurting, troubled man. Job believed his trials were from the LORD, but he did not know their cause. His complaints; however, shed light on the plight and emotions that afflict believers when we go through hard times.
Closing thoughts - Take a few moments and consider Job’s grievances. Grief had left him physically, and emotionally exhausted (Job 16:7). Sorrow wrinkled his countenance, and his body was physically wasted (Job 16:8). Yet, rather than pity, his “friends,” attacked him like a lion seizes its prey (Job 16:9). Instead of compassion, they scorned and looked upon him with disdain (Job 16:10-11), leaving him a broken, wounded soul (Job 16:12).
Job was crushed under the weight and sorrows of his troubles (Job 16:13-15). His face was swollen from weeping, and the dark circles under his eyes were like “the shadow of death” (Job 16:16). Still, Job argued his innocence (Job 16:17a), confessed his devotion to God (“my prayer is pure,” Job 16:17b), and maintained he had harmed no man (Job 16:18). While his friends scorned him, and added to his sorrows (Job 16:19-20a), Job held out hope God would vindicate him before he died (Job 16:20b-22).
I close with a common adage for those who feel life is hanging by a thread:
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