06.25.2017 – Old Testament: Job 5.17–26
To read the Bible in a year, read Job 4–6 on June 25, In the year of our Lord 2017
By Don Ruhl
After Job expressed his wish to die for all the suffering he endured, his friends rebuked him sharply. They believed that God was punishing Job. Listen to Eliphaz as he expresses this belief, but also tries to encourage Job,
“Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects;
Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.
For He bruises, but He binds up;
He wounds, but His hands make whole.
He shall deliver you in six troubles,
Yes, in seven no evil shall touch you…
True, although God’s correction hurts at the time, if we yield to His correction it makes us better people, and that blesses us. Therefore, Eliphaz encouraged Job not to despise God’s correction of him, believing that God would turn Job’s misfortune into fortune, if Job would only repent.
The only problem was that God was not punishing Job. Satan attacked Job. Eliphaz took a truth and misapplied it to Job, although Job’s friend had good intentions.
- Have you believed that people suffered because God punished them?
- Did you think your suffering was punishment?