“A wise man wouldn’t answer with such empty talk! You are nothing but a windbag. The wise don’t engage in empty chatter. What good are such words? Have you no fear of God, no reverence for him?”
Insight Wow, this is harsh isn’t it? I have never been called a windbag (saying a lot of things but with little value) and I don’t care to be. At first glance, this seems harsh and hard to understand why it would be in scripture.
So why was Eliphaz able to talk so harshly to Job? Simply, because he was his friend. Friends are willing to say not only what we want to hear, but what we NEED to hear. Job was having a pity party, and he needed to be corrected. At newhope, we call this apprenticeship. Who do you have in your corner that is willing to call you a windbag if you need to hear it? Are you willing to say what is needed to your friends even if it will be difficult to hear?
Prayer Jesus, thank you that we do not have to go alone. In fact, you didn’t either when you were in human flesh on this earth. Help us to have the right people in our corner that will speak life and speak truth. And Lord, give us the courage to speak life and to speak truth into those that we would call friends. Thank you for all that you have done. In Jesus name, amen.