learning from Job: helper of the weak
I have been reading through the book of Job in my morning devotions. The book of Job is rather familiar to all of us, I am sure. Job is a very godly man, described as “blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil (Job 1:1).” In chapter 4, Job’s friend Eliphaz starts talking to Job and though we know that the advice of Job’s friends wasn’t good — after all, they did get rebuked by God — we get a glimpse into Job’s character. Job is described as a helper of the weak; a great example of living a godly life that we can learn from.
“Surely you have instructed many, and you have strengthened weak hands. Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, and you have strengthened the feeble knees” (Job 4:3-4)
As we walk with God and learn through the trials and blessings, there will be those we can instruct because of what we have gone through and learned. There are Scriptures that have encouraged us and given us hope. We know what the Bible says about the issue because we ourselves made a study of it when we went through it. We can give advice when asked for it — and here, a little side note. What I am learning to do, is to state my opinion and give advice only when asked, to make sure it is from God that I should say something.
More important than any advice or any idea we can share, is to guide this person to God. Give them Christ; lead them to Christ. Jesus is all they — and we — need. He is our strength. He is the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
Our hands get weak when we are desperately trying to carry more than we should. So we can strengthen the weak hands of people by carrying their burdens with them, by taking loads off their shoulders and remaining by their side until they find their strength again. We preach God who is our strength (Ex. 15:2; Ps. 73:26; Is. 40:29-31), who we trust to strengthen us (Is. 41:10). We speak of His grace that is sufficient for us, for His strength is made perfect in weakness.
What an amazing grace!
When someone is stumbling in their walk, we are told that we can uphold them with our words. I find this rather interesting, that it is our words that can uphold them and I am being reminded here, too, that our words truly are so very important. When someone is stumbling, we can guide them and lead them gently by speaking the Words of Truth into their lives and situation, by correcting and encouraging and giving hope. We need, and I really mean need, to walk alongside those who are stumbling; not just correcting them of all the wrong they are doing and their weak faith and think that somehow, they will now get it right. No, we need to walk alongside them and gently prompt them towards the right way, all the while speaking truth, hope, and love.
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Cor. 12:9)
Finally, we are to strengthen the feeble knees, to help those who are barely standing in their faith, who feel like the weight of the world is too much for them right now. We can speak into their fears with grace and compassion, telling them of the One who is our strength and our hiding place, the One who loves us even when we are falling and failing. We stand there with them, supporting them and exhorting them to lean upon Christ, until their knees get stronger and they can stand on their own.
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