October 1

Written by Bill Grandi on October 1st, 2019

My title for this devotion is Meaningful Words vs Blowhard, Empty Words.

I need to make a confession. I’ve been reading through Job in my morning Quiet Time and I’ve had trouble concentrating. I know the basic backdrop of Job.  He has it all. All but his life is taken away.  He has three “friends” who become very accusatory of him. He must have some hidden sin. He’s really not the righteous person he pretends to be. He is in rebellion against God. Blah. Blah. Blah. I’d say sarcastically “some friends they are” or “with friends like that who needs enemies” but I digress. You see…that’s not the whole story. They pretend in their blowhard, empty words to pretend to speak for God. They pretend to know God’s thoughts.

They don’t. If I was Job I’d say, “Take a hike!” In chapter 22, Eliphaz accuses Job of being wicked. In the margin of my Bible I highlighted verses 21-30 and noted it as Accusation of Job’s rebellion. Well, it appears Job has questions of his own. But they are not accusatory questions like I might raise. No. Just the opposite. He raises the fact that He cannot understand God because of the “bigness” of God. (23: 8-17).

Why is this important to me? Because I feel the same way at times. Wondering what I did to “deserve” the treatment I’m getting. I question my commitment. My walk. Am I holy? But it doesn’t come down to what I think or who I am. It comes down to what God thinks and who He is. Take a moment and read Job 23: 8-17 and see if doesn’t give you that perspective. It did me. “He knows the way I take; when He has tried me, I shall come out as gold.”

“Father, may my commitment to you only grow stronger through the daily struggles-be they big or small-I face. May I see the words of others- if they do not reflect You and Your Word- as blowhard, empty words which cannot affect or change Your view of me.”


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S. says:

    As I read through Job… I see vs 10-12 and realize I have not lived up to that… but I don’t think that is the point that is being made with Job.
    I think there was a reason God chose Job to be part of this experiment.

    It gives me something to strive for.

    The verse you highlight…
    He knows the way I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold…

    The adversity I face will draw me closer to God, this filters the impurities. This is what will make me come out as gold.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      There is no doubt in my mind God chose Job for a reason. He knew Job’s faithfulness would stand the test. Too bad satan didn’t. He wouldn’t have wasted his time. You think? Anyway, Like you, I want to be drawn closer.

  2. “It comes down to what God thinks and who He is.”
    It really and truly is never about “us,” is it, Bill? May the words we take to heart be the words of God, not someone else’s opinion of the Father.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Can’t argue with that Martha. It most certainly comes down to what God thinks. And I’m okay with that!! 🙂