Lenten Blog – 3/22/2018
Have you ever opened your Bible randomly to a page and point at some verses to read? I did that this morning and here is what I read.
If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored: If you remove wickedness far from your tent and assign your nuggets to the dust, your gold of Ophir to the rocks in the ravines, then the Almighty will be your gold, the choicest silver for you. Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty and will lift up your face to God. (Job 22:23-26)
This message while appropriate at times was a terrible message to give to Job. Job’s friend Eliphaz thinks misfortune is upon Job because of his specific sin. It was not, but that is what these three friends of Job had thought. God asks Eliphaz and the two other friends of Job to repent of their words later in chapter 42. This is a great example of scripture used in the wrong context.
This often happens in people’s lives today. It can happen if a random verse is pulled out of context for a particular individual or situation that is not appropriate for you today. The whole message and context of Job are that misfortune and evil come upon people even though there is no specific cause for it to happen. Yet, in all that trust God in his providence and wisdom to bring good out of every situation.
In Christ’s Service,