A Strong Voice of Truth
Scripture: Job 8:1-11:20
Bildad spoke with a strong tone and pulled no punches with Job. He shifted the wind of blame from Job to Job's children. I am surprised Job did not counter Bildad's accusation. Perhaps he didn’t respond because he knew Bildad was right. Remember, Job offered sacrifices on behalf of his children.
Bildad's tone was strong, but sometimes we need strong from our friends. I’m thankful for friends who speak truth to me and aren’t afraid to call a spade a spade. Out of their love for me, they give straight and honest answers to try to help me through problems in life.
When we find ourselves on the giving end of the strong voice of truth, it’s important to remember it’s not only what we say, but how we say it that matters.
We don't have the benefit of hearing the tone of Job’s friend's responses, but we do know their hearts. Remember, they grieved in silence with him for seven days. If that isn't love, I don't know what is. It is important to keep this in mind as we read the remaining dialogues.
It’s a privilege and a great responsibility to be invited into a friend’s pain. Though the conversations between Job and his friends become more harsh and direct, we can glean insights from their interactions. Before speaking strong truth to a friend, we must:
- Grieve with our friend over their situation
- Give ourselves time before speaking
- Gauge the conversation so as not to speak too strong, too soon
When speaking strongly, one of the best things we can share is biblical truth. Did you notice the brief connection to Psalm 139 in Job 10:9-12? (If you have not read Psalm 139 lately or ever, you must today.)Tuck these verses away in your memory to share with anyone going through a difficult season.
Job is a tough book to read. Hang in there. Look for one nugget of truth and hold on.