The Teeth Of The Great Lions Are Broken – Patience and Wisdom in the Book of Job
A lot of focus is given to the patience of Job in commentaries about the book. This is most certainly true. Perhaps more striking to me, though, is the wisdom of Eliphaz in chapters 4 and 5. Eliphaz is not as famous as Job. No one tells you to “have the wisdom of Eliphaz”. But his counsel to Job in the beginning stages of his testing is sure to keep Job from sinning.
Job 4:10 – “The lions may roar and growl, yet the teeth of the great lions are broken.”
Job 5:8-9 – “But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.”
Job 5:17 – “Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.”
Honestly, when I get to Job in my Bible reading, I tend to think I’m not going to like it. Having struggled with depression in the past, Job can be a dreary and long read. However, look at those passages above. There is great strength in the Lord we serve. Even in troubled times, we can appeal to God.
He blesses us as he corrects us. You can’t have one without the other.
Be encouraged today that the same God who made the hills knows the number of hairs on your head. Even the ones that have gone gray.