We return today to our study of the life of Job. In the first two chapters of this book, we are told about Job’s stellar character and great faith in God followed by Job’s great suffering and trials. And because Job is human, he expresses tremendous grief and sorrow for his pain and loss. It’s in Job’s most lonely and desperate times that Job’s three friends com tot visit him. They initially are quiet, extending more their empathy and care, but that doesn’t last long. Eliphaz begins sharing his thoughts and ideas on why Job is suffering, and in this passage he does it by talking about a vision he had about Job’s situation.
Eliphaz incorrectly applies truth to Job, not based on who God is and what he has said, but solely based on a “vision” he thought he had that was from God. But we must always keep in mind that anything that we think is of God has to be in agreement or in line with who God is, his promises, and the Word of God.
What we find in the Bible is inspired – it is there to encourage us and to keep us from false teaching. But there are times when we are exposed to falsehood so that we can discern the truth. The temptation of Jesus is such an example. We find both false teaching and truth. Satan’s discourse is in the scripture – even though His teaching is false. There are many examples in the scripture where false teaching is presented. It is up to us to study the scripture so that we may learn where the truth lies.
What happens to Eliphaz is a great reminder that personal experience alone is not to be our only source of authority. All of our experience must be held up to the Word of God. We know that the Bible is God’s established and authoritative Word. We know that it is trustworthy. Therefore we know that God is not going to tell someone something that will contradict what He has already said in His Word.
Let’s make sure that we are indeed hearing from God and not ourselves based on our desires or wants.
Prayer: Father God, thank you that you reveal yourself in so many ways. Please grant us wisdom to discern your will for us and that ultimately it would be grounded in who you are and in your Word. In Jesus’ name, amen