May 27, 2024

Thomas McNeilly

Jesus Christ is King

How to understand Job Chapter 8 and 2 Timothy 1:7
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Enter Bildad, Stage Left Bildad (friend #2) tells Job to repent. Why? He thinks it could have been his kids who sinned and brought this misery upon Job. Think Barty Crouch, Jr. Then he gets all poetic, comparing Job’s suffering to a garden sown with bad seeds from his past or from his offspring. Hasn’t your past ever come back to haunt you? Bildad is just trying to give the situation some sense for his buddy. That precious memory triggers another: your honest faith—and what a rich faith it is, handed down from your grandmother Lois to your mother Eunice, and now to you! And the special gift of ministry you received when I laid hands on you and prayed—keep that ablaze! God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.