Daily D – Job 13:1-5

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Job 13:1-5  “Look, my eyes have seen all this; my ears have heard and understood it. Everything you know, I also know; I am not inferior to you. Yet I prefer to speak to the Almighty and argue my case before God. You use lies like plaster; you are all worthless healers. If only you would shut up and let that be your wisdom!” (CSB)

Job 15:1-6  “Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied: Does a wise man answer with empty counsel or fill himself with the hot east wind? Should he argue with useless talk or with words that serve no good purpose? But you even undermine the fear of God and hinder meditation before him. Your iniquity teaches you what to say, and you choose the language of the crafty. Your own mouth condemns you, not I; your own lips testify against you.” (CSB)

Job 16:2-5  “I have heard many things like these. You are all miserable comforters. Is there no end to your empty words? What provokes you that you continue testifying? If you were in my place I could also talk like you. I could string words together against you and shake my head at you. Instead, I would encourage you with my mouth, and the consolation from my lips would bring relief.” (CSB)

Job 18:2  “I have heard many things like these. You are all miserable comforters. Is there no end to your empty words? (CSB)

Yak, yak, yak. Words alone are unpersuasive. Logic alone can miss the point. Philosophy alone may start from the wrong point and, therefore, most likely end at the wrong point. Job, like the people of our own day, was a man who endured a seemingly unending yak attack. No wonder he felt so bad.

Lesson from these texts:

1. A yak attack is counterproductive when a person is suffering.
2. There is no comfort in misspent words.
3. Endlessly blabbing empty words and pious platitudes provide no comfort.
4. Sometimes, especially in seasons of suffering, silence is golden. 

It’s another early morning with another early meeting. These life lessons will accompany me, and hopefully guide me, as I breakfast with two of my best friends. I have much to learn from them. 

Who will you benefit from deeply listening to today?

I will listen deeply before I form my own thoughts and reflections.

Our Father, please give me ears to hear today. I want to hear you as you speak to me through the Bible, through the conversations of the day, and in the still, silent moments of time alone with you. Amen. 

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