Why are humans so drawn to bad news? The quickest way to destroy the ratings of a news organization is to only post positive news. Human nature tends to be excited and even enjoy negative news. When the latest juicy story drops about the scandal, people go crazy over it.
This helps us understand Job’s friends, and the fallen human nature at work in the book of Job. Why do Job’s friends seem intent on hurting him, and insisting that he is wrong? Job finally lashes out at his sorry friends in Chapter 19. They had reproached and vexed Job over and over. They were terrible friends.
“God keeps good books” – Dave Hardy
Sometimes people don’t keep an accurate records. It has been said that history belongs to the victors, and the reality of this statement is absolutely true. No doubt history books are replete with examples of bias toward one side view of history.
My oldest child, Nate, has become very good at noticing the wrongdoings of others, while simultaneously looking over his own. He is quick to point out when one of his sisters or brother do something they are not supposed to, but sometimes he has a hard time seeing where his is falling short.
This isn’t just an 8 year old problem, this goes to the very core of our fallen nature. Even we, as adults, often see the wrong in others but glaze over our own sinful behavior. Zophar, the third friend to speak, has quickly identified what he believes to be wrong in Job’s life, and is now going to give a “prescription” to get things right with God.
Silence… Don’t you hate it when you are on the phone with someone… just talking away, and then you stop and wait for a response and they aren’t there because they got disconnected! You call them back and try to figure out where the phone cut out and then you have to start all over again. Sometimes in our Christian walk we feel like God keeps dropping our calls, or that it is just silence when we wait for an answer. By chapter 10 Job has reached that point.
It’s hopeless, I give up. This was a statement that our cross country coach didn’t want to hear. At the end of each race (3 miles mind you!), she wanted us to sprint the last 50-100 yards.
This desire was born out of two purposes: first to finish strong, second to pass a few people at the end. I can remember a few races where the next person up was forever away… but there was Mrs. Woods… “David, RUN!” In her mind, even a hopeless situation didn’t mean give up. Job has reached what he sees as a hopeless situation… and his desire is to give up.
A trial or heartache is either happening right now or will happen in the near future. ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THIS EVENT?
It could be financial loss, the death of a loved one, difficulty in a relationship, parents going through a divorce, feeling overwhelmed with life, loss of a job, and more. I don’t’ want to be a downer, but the reality of life is that we live in a broken, fallen world, and trials come.