Bible translation used in today's episode: Ch. 7 GNT, Ch. 8 NIRV
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Job’s anguish really comes through today. I do have to smile when I read verses 9 and 10, “Like a cloud that fades and is gone, we humans die and never return; we are forgotten by all who knew us.” Job would be surprised to learn that he has NOT been forgotten, don’t you think?
Job’s friend Bildad tried to encourage Job, but then he says, “Your children sinned against him. So he punished them for their sin.”
Do you have kids? I know that if one of my kids suffered a terrible loss, or heaven forbid died, and someone told me that it was because they sinned and God punished them for it, I would not be a happy camper.
Like I said before, when you go to visit a friend who is in the midst of a tragedy, it’s usually best to just be there for them. Let them know you love them and are praying for them.
This is not the time to give uninvited advice.
At the end of the chapter, Bildad tells Job that it’s all going to get better. That God is going to "fill Job’s mouth with laughter", and that "shouts of joy will come from his lips".
Nice thought, but Bildad doesn’t know that, and I’m sure Job took no solace in it.
I know that in my darkest times, I was in no condition to receive that kind of message. When everything is dark, you can’t even conceive of ever having times of laughter again.
And if someone comes along and says, “Hey, buck up, friend. You’ll be partying soon enough!” you feel like telling them to go jump in a lake.
Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for encouragement, but in cases like this, timing is everything.
Do you agree?