As we are introduced to Bildad... the voice of universal wisdom, we find that he does not hold back his judgment as he fires off his first line, calling Job a windbag.
How long will you speak these things,
And the words of your mouth be like a strong wind?
So rather than focus on the debate, I will choose to look for the character of God that I can find within this reading.
And Bildad actually gives us the perfect lead...
If you would earnestly seek God... (8:5)
God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. (9:4)
He does great things past finding out,
Yes, wonders without number. (9:10)
Your hands have made me and fashioned me,
An intricate unity...
Remember, I pray, that You have made me like clay...
Did you not...
Clothe me with skin and flesh,
And knit me together with bones and sinews?
You have granted me life and favor,
And Your care has preserved my spirit.
And these things You have hidden in Your heart;
I know that this was with You...
Can you search out the deep things of God?
Can you find out the limits of the Almighty?
They are higher than heaven... what can you do?
Deeper than Sheol... what can you know?
Their measure is longer than the earth
And broader than the sea.
Let us not focus on the arrogance of man, but rather the praises our God
Word of God... train me, today...
not to focus on my lack, but rather on God's abundance.
For there is always something positive that can come from my lips,
something praiseworthy that I can say,
something that takes the focus off of me and my trouble, my worry...
and places it on the goodness that God is...
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