40 days of Sorrow, a walk with Job
March 23, 2019, 7:03 AM

Lent 2019 Day 16 Job Chapter 18

This is Bildad's second speech to Job. Remember Eliphaz's second speech? He said that Job has no devotion in his prayers. His prayers are just empty knowledge and unprofitably talk. Eliphaz was attacking Job's prayer life. That is a major strategy of Satan to get us to question our prayers life. Will God really listen to our prayers if we lack devotion and reverence?

Bildad makes an even greater accusation and job. Look at Verses 17-21, "The memory of him perishes from the earth, And he has no name among the renowned. He is driven from light into darkness, And chased out of the world. He has neither son nor posterity among his people, Nor any remaining in his dwellings. Those in the west are astonished at his day, As those in the east are frightened. Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, And this is the place of him who does not know God.

Bildad's argument is that Job does not KNOW God. How well do you KNOW your spouse, your parents, your children, your friends? Do you know what their favorite food is? Do you know what they like to do and do not like to do? It takes more than just spending time with someone to really get to know them. You have to be present during your time with them. Listening when they talk and watching them like a hawk. 

What about our relationship with God? Do we have an intimate relationship with God? In Matthew 7:21-23 we see, "“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’"

Bildad's accusation to Job, should challenge us to reflect on our own relationship with God. Are we spending enough quality time walking with our Lord and Savior, or do we just give him a few minutes outof every day? 

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