Blaming Fate When Things Go Wrong (part 2)

Part 2–

In Job 5, Eliphaz is still offering help and comfort to Job. He tells Job to seek comfort in the arms of God. He encourages Job not to quit and give up on living.

Job 5:6-27 (The Message)

6 Don’t blame fate when things go wrong—
trouble doesn’t come from nowhere.

7 It’s human! Mortals are born and bred for trouble,
as certainly as sparks fly upward.
What a Blessing When God Corrects You!

8 “If I were in your shoes, I’d go straight to God,
I’d throw myself on the mercy of God.

9 After all, he’s famous for great and unexpected acts;
there’s no end to his surprises.

10 He gives rain, for instance, across the wide earth,
sends water to irrigate the fields.

11 He raises up the down-and-out,
gives firm footing to those sinking in grief.

12 He aborts the schemes of conniving crooks,
so that none of their plots come to term.

13 He catches the know-it-alls in their conspiracies—
all that intricate intrigue swept out with the trash!

14 Suddenly they’re disoriented, plunged into darkness;
they can’t see to put one foot in front of the other.

15 But the downtrodden are saved by God,
saved from the murderous plots, saved from the iron fist.

16 And so the poor continue to hope,
while injustice is bound and gagged.

17 “So, what a blessing when God steps in and corrects you!
Mind you, don’t despise the discipline of Almighty God!

18 True, he wounds, but he also dresses the wound;
the same hand that hurts you, heals you.

19 From one disaster after another he delivers you;
no matter what the calamity, the evil can’t touch you—

20 “In famine, he’ll keep you from starving,
in war, from being gutted by the sword.

21 You’ll be protected from vicious gossip
and live fearless through any catastrophe.

22 You’ll shrug off disaster and famine,
and stroll fearlessly among wild animals.

23 You’ll be on good terms with rocks and mountains;
wild animals will become your good friends.

24 You’ll know that your place on earth is safe,
you’ll look over your goods and find nothing amiss.

25 You’ll see your children grow up,
your family lovely and lissome as orchard grass.

26 You’ll arrive at your grave ripe with many good years,
like sheaves of golden grain at harvest.

27 “Yes, this is the way things are—my word of honor!
Take it to heart and you won’t go wrong.”

As I said yesterday, depression is a serious matter. Only God can fully heal any sickness. here is a video I made a while back that I think speaks to what else I want to say about the subject.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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2 thoughts on “Blaming Fate When Things Go Wrong (part 2)

  1. From 19 on, Eliphaz is lying (to which Job goes on to renounce). We have no guarantee of safety, we have no guarantee of seeing our children grow to be young men and women. And if all we have is prosperity, then how do we explain the deaths of the disciples? the tribulation that the apostle Paul went through? the impoverished churches referenced in Paul’s letters? I have had many wonderful, godly influences who have fought and suffered well and pointed people to Christ, and yes some have lost their battles.

    All we have is the promise that He is good and enough to sustain us.

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