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Though Job is filled with immense pain, anguish, and anger, there is beauty in the poetry that flows from his mouth.
Paul’s words from 1 Corinthians 8:1 apply to the attitude of Job’s friends: “Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.” Love, not knowledge, is greater than evil. All the truth in the world, without love, amounts to nothing—amounts to evil. The absence of love allows evil to rush into the vacuum created. In all of Bildad’s judgmental words about Job and his wrongs, Bildad fails to see the arrogance of evil imbedded in his own loveless heart.
If you were to write or cry out the current “chapter” in your life just as Job does in his, how would the words flow? Will you trust the Lord and pour out your heart in prayer, sharing with the Lord how you feel about all aspects of your life?
What are these?
Never withholding kindness 6:14
Teach me: I will be silent. 6:24
Lord, be pleased to look at me. 6:28
Recalling: life is a breath 7:7
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