QT – Job 21

Vs. 7, “Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power.”  Bildad & Zophar argued that the wicked perish and suffer in this world, but Job countered that he saw otherwise.  But if we base it on that premise, Jesus should have been the chief of sinners.  It is difficult to see some people propser so well and have no regards for the Lord.  Perhaps that’s why the Robin Hood story is so endearing to us (I heard Russell Crowe is starring in the next iteration of Robin Hood). 

Regarding application…Wrong Assumptions.  Vs. 34, “So how can you console me with your nonsense? Nothing is left of your answers but falsehood.”  Job’s friends made wrong assumptions of him.  But, I realize that I too am guilty.  It’s easy to think we have a person figured out…it takes work to take the time to get to know people.  Don’t judge a book by it’s cover…we need to look on the inside of people.  Last night at Bible Study, we talked about how we put up different masks/faces in this world we live in.  No wonder why people make wrong assumptions of our lives.  There are times when I have to hire new employees at the bank.  My job is to assume things about candidates to make the best decisions.  There was one Personal Banker we hired at my bank and I definitely felt wary of his abilities.  Now, he is one of the highest producing Personal Bankers in my district!  That was an assumption I was glad I was wrong at.  Let’s have an open heart that is slow to judge and quick to learn!

QT – Job 20

Vs. 1, “Then Zophar the Naamathite replied.”  Now Zophar takes his turn to chime in and responds in similar fashion to what Bildad stated earlier.  Zophar doesn’t pull any punches here as he uses graphic statements to explain what happens to evil people.  Once again, what Zophar is stating is a bit of an exaggeration and certainly does not directly apply to Job himelf. 

Regarding application…Discouraging Words.  Vs. 22, “In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him; the full force of misery will come upon him.”  How incredibly frustrating for Job to hear Zophar try to strike fear in his heart with such threatening words!  While putting the fear of God in our hearts is not necessarily a bad thing, it should not be the only thing we use to turn someone back to God.  I found myself really being inspired to use encouraging words this week especially at work.  Going from a mountaintop (recent retreat) experience back into the valley and into a secular work environment I really found myelf more sensitive to my co-workers around me.  Let’s make every effort to encourage rather than discourage.

Speaking of the oppostite of discourage, it was an awesome Friday night Praise & Bible study @ CTC.  We definitely still had the fire of God aflame in our hearts!  Praise God!