Saturday, May 11, 2013

Be careful when we spout off...

Bildad, Job’s buddy, goes on a rant in Job 25 about the power of God and the hopelessness of man.  Job has been suffering, hurting, irritable and frustrated with his buddies’ advice.  Job says in Job 26:1-4 ... “Then Job replied: 2 "How you have helped the powerless! How you have saved the arm that is feeble!  3 What advice you have offered to one without wisdom! And what great insight you have displayed!   4 Who has helped you utter these words? And whose spirit spoke from your mouth?

Job says (Jerry paraphrased) “by the way Bildad, you may criticize God but what have you done to help the powerless or feeble? (Job 26:1-2)

If we are prone to spout off about God, we need to ask ourselves, “What are we doing for the powerless and feeble?”  Probably nothing.  In and of ourselves we lack true wisdom (verse 3) and have none, if any, insight.

Then Job launches the broadside in verse 4:  "Who has helped you utter these words? And whose spirit spoke from your mouth?"

We could not speak, grumble, utter, whisper, complain, sing, cry, weep, whistle, or yodel unless God gave us life, breath, and everything else.  Acts 17:25  -- “And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.

Before we spout off about God, we should consider the stupid things we are about to say or do.  And remember, every breath we take, every beat of our heart is an undeserved gift from God himself!  We need to be careful before we spout off…forgive us God.


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