Scripture: Job 12:1-14:22
Anyone else beginning to appreciate the seven days of silence from Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite? Sometimes we talk too much when all a conversation really needs is silence. We have honorable and helpful points to make, but do we ever come up for air? I haven’t sensed a pause in the speeches between Job and his friends. Can we challenge ourselves to slow down, listen closely, and pray before offering counsel to a friend? It may just be the thing we need to hear from the Lord.
When the earthly chatter between Job and his friends finally quieted down, the heavenly conversation started. In the silence, we often hear God the loudest. Heavenly conversations aren’t always easy; what we need to hear from God isn’t necessarily what we want to hear. Job’s first attempt to have a conversation with God started better than it ended.
Like Job, there have been times when I’ve been angry with God and avoided Him. After calming down, I have attempted to reconnect, yet my conversations with God have gone much like Job’s: started in humility and ended in anger.
We can be thankful that God looks at our heart. He can handle our temper tantrums, every honest emotion, and all our questions. Candid, yet respectful, conversations help us purge pain so we eventually experience the peace God wants us to enjoy, which is found in His presence. Our friend Job will get there. In due time, he will get there.
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