20/10/11 Job 6-8; Acts 12
S: Job 8:1-7 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied to Job:
“How long will you go on like this?
You sound like a blustering wind. Does God twist justice?
Does the Almighty twist what is right? Your children must have sinned against him,
so their punishment was well deserved. But if you pray to God
and seek the favor of the Almighty, and if you are pure and live with integrity,
he will surely rise up and restore your happy home. And though you started with little,
you will end with much.”
O: Isn't what Bildad said in verses 1-3 true? Indeed. So how did he go wrong?
The problem is that we don't see the big picture like God does. Only He can see the hearts of men and what's going on. Sometimes it is indeed the case that disaster comes because of a person's sin. But other times it may be for some hidden purpose we are not privy to. So just because someone is in trouble, we cannot conclude that the person has sinned.
A: We need to comfort the hurting rather than judge them.
I personally struggle with this, especially in relation to the opposite problem of becoming an enabler. So I need God's wisdom to see which situation it is.
P: Father, give us the wisdom and compassion to comfort the hurting. In Jesus' name, amen.
Note: this is using the SOAP method. For more information, see this page (not written by me.)