God, grant me Your blessing today.
Read Job 5:1–27
5 “Call if you will, but who will answer you?
To which of the holy ones will you turn?
2 Resentment kills a fool,
and envy slays the simple.
3 I myself have seen a fool taking root,
but suddenly his house was cursed.
4 His children are far from safety,
crushed in court without a defender.
5 The hungry consume his harvest,
taking it even from among thorns,
and the thirsty pant after his wealth.
6 For hardship does not spring from the soil,
nor does trouble sprout from the ground.
7 Yet man is born to trouble
as surely as sparks fly upward.
8 “But if I were you, I would appeal to God;
I would lay my cause before him.
9 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,
miracles that cannot be counted.
10 He provides rain for the earth;
he sends water on the countryside.
11 The lowly he sets on high,
and those who mourn are lifted to safety.
12 He thwarts the plans of the crafty,
so that their hands achieve no success.
13 He catches the wise in their craftiness,
and the schemes of the wily are swept away.
14 Darkness comes upon them in the daytime;
at noon they grope as in the night.
15 He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth;
he saves them from the clutches of the powerful.
16 So the poor have hope,
and injustice shuts its mouth.
17 “Blessed is the one whom God corrects;
so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.
18 For he wounds, but he also binds up;
he injures, but his hands also heal.
19 From six calamities he will rescue you;
in seven no harm will touch you.
20 In famine he will deliver you from death,
and in battle from the stroke of the sword.
21 You will be protected from the lash of the tongue,
and need not fear when destruction comes.
22 You will laugh at destruction and famine,
and need not fear the wild animals.
23 For you will have a covenant with the stones of the field,
and the wild animals will be at peace with you.
24 You will know that your tent is secure;
you will take stock of your property and find nothing missing.
25 You will know that your children will be many,
and your descendants like the grass of the earth.
26 You will come to the grave in full vigor,
like sheaves gathered in season.
27 “We have examined this, and it is true.
So hear it and apply it to yourself.”
New International Version (NIV)
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ReflectWhat do you do to make God bless you?
“Oh, and another thing,” continues Eliphaz, “disaster comes to fools. So if you’re facing disaster, you must be a fool! And troubles don’t spring out of nowhere. They’re the result of what sinners do from the day they’re born” (2–7). Eliphaz is convinced that Job deserves what he’s getting. So through the rest of the speech, Eliphaz tells Job to submit to a God he cannot hope to understand (8,9) and accept his discipline (17,18). And then he paints a beautiful picture of a God who sends rain to water the crops (10); binds up the wounded (18); protects from famine, war (20) and wild animals (22); and rewards with home and family and health (24–26).
But Eliphaz pours acid into Job’s wounds. What Eliphaz says God gives are all the things Job has lost. And although it’s cloaked in religious language, Eliphaz now sounds like the Accuser in Job 1:9. Eliphaz says Job should fear God, and then God will reward him, because God likes good people. But all Eliphaz has shown is a shallow knowledge of God and a religion that ultimately leads to despair. The fact that everyone agrees with him (27) doesn’t make him right!
What blessings has God given you? Write them down. Did you earn these blessings? Or were they gifts from God? Thank him now!
Praise God for his grace and that on this side of the cross, all our sins—past, present and future—have been paid for by Christ.