As many times as I have read the book of Job and even studied it there is one aspect that’s I had overlooked until now. In the book we read how Job was the richest man in the world of that time, and how he had so many animals and 10 Children. None were unto the likeness of Job. Then all of a sudden all of his animals get gone, his wealth begins to disappear, then the worst case of all his Children all die. Despite all of Job’s sacrificing and Praying the worst happened.
            If that were not enough Job’s friends and close confidents came to his aide{?}. During a long and tedious period of time the friends all spoke to Job about his life and ways, Job spoke with them of his hurts and pains. These men gave counsel, but God called it “COUNSEL WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE.” [Job 38:2]
            In my readings and studies I thought the friends counsel was right on and that they were giving great words. However, I was looking at it from my point of view and not from God’s view. Counseling is not an easy road to travel, it is not for the weak of heart or the mindless persons who think they have all the answers, it is a method that can be used to strengthen another’s spirit and mindset to bring them back on the road to recovery and discovery.
            In Chapter 38 God begins with asking some basic questions to see who is the one with all the knowledge and smarts. God said: “Now gird up your loins like a man, and I will ask you, and You instruct Me!” [38:3]
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.” [38:4]
            Has God ever confronted You about your ability to give counsel? Has He ever asked or told You to INSTRUCT HIM? Now, I want to get to the point of what I read that I had read so many times before but never really caught ahold of until now.
            Chapter 42 Then Job answered the Lord, and said,
“I know that Thou canst do all things, and that no purpose of Thine can be thwarted.” `Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ “Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.” `Hear now and I will speak; I will ask thee, and do thou instruct Me’ “I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye sees Thee; therefore I RETRACT, AND I REPENT IN DUST AND ASHES.”
            How many have heard by the hearing of the ear, but have not seen with their eye the Goodness of the Lord?
If I perchance ever give counsel without seeking the Lord first I have failed and I must seek forgiveness, I do not have answers on my own, I must hear from the Lord, and then I’ll KNOW how to answer.
Heavenly Father, I ask for Your guidance in all that matters to
Me and give answer to those who are hurting, that they
May fInd solace in You. Guide my Mind and use my
Tongue to serve this Your People. I ask this in the MIGHTY
Pastor Larry Pinkerton