Day 157: It ain’t about what you got; it’s about Who you know (Job 15-17)

Posted: September 4, 2010 in Uncategorized

These next few days, I’m continuing on in Job, more specifically, the discussions Job is having with his three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar, about the reasons behind his great suffering. Is it wrong that part of me is screaming at these three “friends” to just SHUT UP!? My goodness, talk about piling it on!

There is one key element that sticks out to me in these three chapters, and it’s Eliphaz’s explanation of what wisdom is: Here’s a snippet:

What do you know that we do not know? What insights do you have that we do not have? The gray-haired and the aged are on our side, men even older than your father. – Job 15:9-10

Just because someone is old doesn’t make them wise. Sorry to all you grandpas out there! If you are 80 and your wisdom doesn’t come from God, then you aren’t wise! Simple as that! The problem with the three “Super Friends” in Job, was that for some reason, because they were pretty successful dudes, they were looked upon as prosperous and wise in God’s eyes, thinking that their earthly success meant that they were living their lives correctly. Human successes have nothing to do with it. Some of the most evil people in the world are successful, wealthy, popular and live an easy life. That doesn’t make them right with God.

Job pointed out these flawed point of view to his friends – bringing the point home that his help comes from the LORD, even in the tough times, and in his case, the absolute toughest of times.

As a quick sidenote – The conversations between Job and his friends last for nearly 30 chapters in Job. Obviously, the conversation gets more and more heated, his friends aren’t very helpful, and Job even calls them “miserable comforters!” Let’s put ourselves in Job’s shoes here. If you have just lost everything, and instead of being comforted, you find yourself being berated and accused, wouldn’t you exit this conversation much sooner than Job did? Job must have shown extraordinary patience, but it also perfectly set up God’s intervention (which is coming up later) and rebuking of the three friends. If Job simply left the conversation, his friends could have just gone on living the way they were living. Funny how God sets everything up for its natural resolution.

By the way, this book is pretty depressing so far! is a ton of dark imagery. Job is bordering on suicidal at the moment, welcoming death with open arms. Pretty dark stuff, but for Job, even though he is miserable, it isn’t about what he had and what he lost, it’s about Who he knows, and there is a reason why Who has a capital W.

  1. Mel says:

    I can say “been there, done that” and have had a Job experience for the past 4 years. Although I am coming out on the other side, “it ain’t over yet”. Sadly, I have had several friends go this path. In the beginning, there is sympathy. As more calamity hits, they begin to wonder. As the night gets very, very dark and all seems completely lost–for some odd reason, some have concluded “We must have been wrong. We thought we knew the situation…but we must not have known her as well as we thought we did. I guess she does have a lot of issues. Undealt with sin. Well-she is reaping the consequences now.” The trouble with friends judging is that they don’t have all the facts. Additionally, they sometimes look at the circumstances through their own eyes, rather than the Lords’ eyes. I am not reaping consequences of my sin, but of living in a fallen world and people’s free will. The Lord is working ALL things together for good. I know it LOOKS bad-but that is the external. I will walk this life out-even if left walking alone. (Which I will not be-since the Lord brought me Joe) In fact, this latter part of my life is becoming more and more blessed each day. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. When all appears lost-is when the Lord breaks through with a mighty, mighty shout… Just like Job, I have sat in the ashes and cried until no more tears would flow. But never, I repeat..never, have I thought that all of the trials were because God was punishing me…never has it occurred to me that God wasn’t just or fair. As the next post says….bad things do happen to good people…

    *Whose blog is this, anyway? That was a rather long ‘response’ comment, huh? Nice job Adam–have been silently following–decided to go public with this one 🙂

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