If you can’t meet a person’s arguments, you pour scorn and derision on him – so the world teaches. Eliphaz gets very hot as he seeks to make Job admit his sin. We, the audience to this drama, know that what has happened has nothing to do with any sin of Job’s. Have you ever been falsely accused?
“The wicked man writhes in pain all his days,”
While some of what Eliphaz says has wisdom, other parts just reek of faulty theology.
Eliphaz believes that bad people will only have pain all their days.
This is in direct contrast with what we read elsewhere in God’s word.
Jeremiah cries out in chapter 12,
“Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all who are treacherous thrive?”
And the Psalmist wrestles with the same thing in Psalm 73,
“For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”
To say that bad things happen only to bad people is folly.
To say that bad people only have bad things happen to them is equally foolish.
Job’s friends were missing the point.
We need God’s wisdom. The Psalmist points us to the truth,
“For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you. But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.”
Hallelujah that through God’s word at the cross we draw near to Him! That we have a higher calling than looking down on people and coming up with reasons why we are better.
All of that is dust.
We can be near to God!
* God Above,
Thank You that You have forgiven our sin, that You have bridged the unbridgeable gap, that You have brought us from darkness into light.
Please teach us today what You want for us to know.
More of You, less of us.
Sink us in self that we might rise in Thee.