- Read Job 18 as a family.
As I read through the fresh propositions of our friend Bildad again, I am disgusted at the insensitivity of his words against his supposed friend Job. He essentially infers from the suffering he sees that Job is wicked and unrighteous.
Bildad tells Job in verse 5 that the light of the wicked is put out. He says in verse 17 that his memory perishes from the earth, and he has no name in the street. In verse 19 he says the wicked has no posterity or progeny among his people, and no survivor where he used to live. He ends in verse 21 by stating such are the dwellings of the unrighteous, such is the place of him who knows not God.
Job knows God more than any of the friends sitting pretzel legged around him. Yet these friends believe and speak just the opposite. This was surely true of our Lord Jesus as well. He knew God in perfection, yet those around him believed he had a demon and crucified him because of his supposed blasphemy. Such are the ways I guess of the people of God.
Lord help us to see and interpret the world and people around us with clarity and truth. Help us to sympathize with the compassion of Christ to those who sit in the ashes of suffering.