Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Job 11:1-6 NLT

[1] Then Zophar the Naamathite replied to Job:

[2] “Shouldn’t someone answer this torrent of words? Is a person proved innocent just by a lot of talking?

[3] Should I remain silent while you babble on? When you mock God, shouldn’t someone make you ashamed?

[4] You claim, ‘My beliefs are pure,’ and ‘I am clean in the sight of God.’

[5] If only God would speak; if only he would tell you what he thinks!

[6] If only he would tell you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom is not a simple matter. Listen! God is doubtless punishing you far less than you deserve!

Reflection . . .

Job’s friend Zophar the Naamathite seems well intentioned by his advice. The rest of this chapter gets even more direct with these words:

Job 11:13-15 NLT
“If only you would prepare your heart and lift up your hands to him in prayer! Get rid of your sins, and leave all iniquity behind you. Then your face will brighten with innocence. You will be strong and free of fear.”

Not the kind of things friends often say to one another while they are going through such a horrific and terrible experience! Job’s pain and loss is very real, painful to the utter depths of his being. Zophar is giving Job good advice, words we’d hear from a prophet to the people of Israel even! He is well meaning, however, he doesn’t really know Job’s life, heart and mind well enough to be accusing him of great sin!

Sometimes we get so zealous for God and His Word that we can use it for harm toward others. Without really knowing the other person’s situation, heart and actions we can accuse them of things they are not guilty of and damage them in some way. Let’s not get caught up in thinking God’s Word is primarily for others. Let it change and transform us first!