We have a returning guest writer today! Tiffany Jensen is sharing her response from today’s chapters:
This past year and a half has been full of disappointment and heartache for my husband and I. Even though most of our trials have not been quite as extreme as Job’s, I find myself agreeing with him when he says “why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?” (Job 3:23). But like Job, I had friends that came to my side with encouragement. I don’t know much about Eliphaz who tries to speak encouragement to Job; or about their relationship. However, I can picture him wanting to comfort someone he cares about. It’s brilliant how he starts out.
“If one ventures a word with you, will you be impatient? Yet who can keep from speaking? Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands. Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, and you have made firm the feeble knees.” Job 4:2-4
The first thing Eliphaz does is acknowledge the validity of Job’s despair then he encourages him. I love how he points out that Job has always been there for those around him and now it’s time for him to let other people strengthen him. I’m sure when Job was pouring into other people’s lives he never thought about it coming back around when he most needed it. This part of Job’s story makes me so grateful for the ways God provides. Especially when that provision comes through community. There’s nothing better than a friend calling or stopping by when you’re having a rough day, or a rough year.
Is there someone God has been laying on your heart? I urge you to call or drop in on that person. Live in the community God so beautifully designed for us.
Thank you, Tiff!