Job 35: 1—37: 24
Man, I just had a lightbulb moment. Eli knows all about God. Most of the stuff he says is true of God. But he reveals to us that he has God all figured out. He knows how God works and knows exactly what is going on with Job and how to fix it. My pastor shared something with me this week and I am going to reference it because I don’t want to be a poser and act like I came up with this on my own. He said that one of the surest signs of the Spirit is humility. One of the surest signs of the flesh is pride and division. If we study God and allow the Spirit to have its way, we will be humbled by God’s vastness and goodness. If we study God and allow the flesh to have its way, we become puffed up know-it-all’s leaving hurt feelings and broken relationships in our wake. I just realized that Job’s friends are acting like God-know-it-all’s, but their flesh has taken over and instead of loving Job they are telling him he got what’s coming to him. Is that God’s Character? Did he leave us dead in our sin? Did He give us what we had coming? No, he did not. He jumped right into this cesspool with us and made a way for us to be right with Him and showed us how to love others. The closer you walk with God the more humbled you will be. Job’s friends did not have the benefit of knowing the end of the story so we can’t be too hard on them but use this discourse of Eli’s as an example of someone who knows all about God but missed what the information should produce, humility.
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