SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- Another of Job's friends has a conversation with him regarding his situation.
- Eliphaz is the most confrontational of all of Job's friends when it comes to analyzing his situation.
- Eliphaz throws Job in with those he deems "wicked" and makes it clear that Job is being punished because of his wickedness.
- Ultimately, Eliphaz believes that God's judgment is upon Job and that he is experience what he deserves.
- It is difficult for a person to fully understand a person's heart and circumstances.
- We must be careful to assume what Eliphaz does simply because it is easy. Determining a person is experiencing God's judgment because of their situation can be a misrepresentation of God's character.
- God's judgment is and will be a real thing. However, it is not for us to decide or determine.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- It is easy to jump to conclusions about a person's situation like Eliphaz does. If you find yourself doing so, remind yourself that people need love and compassion far more than they need judgment and confrontation.
- The people we surround ourselves with are critically important to us enjoying our lives even in the midst of pain and suffering. Do you have people in your life who will love you no matter what the circumstance?