5:1-7 Is it just me does Eliphaz show a bit of cynicism here?Â He basically says, “Go ahead and call out for help IF you think someone will actually answer you.” He talks of the foolish and silly persons, inferring that Job must be among their company for this to have happened to him.
5:8-16 Eliphaz speaks of seeking God in the midst of affliction, which is actually sound counsel. This is especially essential since on earth we only see a portion of what is happening. If we only look at it from one side and say that when tragedy strikes then surely we must be to blame then we surely box God in. He uses the good and the bad, all for His glory. If we focus only on the comforts and things that sound good to us then we risk stepping over into a prosperity Gospel. God never promised a walk in the park, only that He would be with us always. In turning around the evil for good it may not (and most likely will not) happen as swiftly as we would like or in a way that seems logical to us.
“So, what a blessing when God steps in and corrects you! Mind you, don’t despise the discipline of Almighty God! True, he wounds, but he also dresses the wound; the same hand that hurts you, heals you.” 5:17 -18
When we do find ourselves in a place of being corrected by God we should count it as a blessing. His wounds bring healing. What a paradox!
5:20-26 Sounds great, but I’m not so sure. Promises that God will keep you protected from vicious gossip, you’ll see your children grow up, and you’ll live to an old age. What of people that have been condemned to die under Communism or other regimes out of gossip or misspoken words? What of Christians who have had children die of young ages? What of Christians who have died young? Does God protect us? Absolutely, but His ways are higher than our ways. We have to be listening to God and following where He leads. We live in a fallen world and it effects us. Though at the heart of it, the things of the world may touch us painfully and deeply, but God is the Author of Peace.
6:1-7 Job basically says, “Look, I think I have a reason to complain and blame God.”Â Don’t we do the same thing? Men stand in times of trial and raise fists to God shouting,cursing, blaming.
6: 8-13 Job is at the end of his rope and prays for God to just kill him. He has lost his hope. I think in the stages of grief Job jumped headlong into depression.
6:14-30 He accuses them of being so-called friends.
v. 21 “…there’s nothing to you! One look at a hard scene and you shrink in fear.”
OUCH!! I think Job’s friends did well in coming and in sitting with him in his week of mourning, but they ran into trouble when the started to make accusations that he must have done something to deserve such treatment.
“You pretend to tell me what’s wrong with my life, but treat my words of anguish as so much hot air.” 6:26
Is there an issue of expectations at play here? Expectation for his friends? Their expectations of Job? Expectations of God/personal theologies that they couldn’t come to terms with?