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!