Starting the day with a frame of mind consisting of fear, confusion, and darkness causes one to lose their edge for a great day. Instead, think of what good things are going on and this will build momentum for a wonderful day.
Continuing the journey in Job 18, Bildad offers advice for Job to not be so angry but listen to what his friends are telling him. He accuses Job of being too self-absorbed. Bildad gives illustrations of evil’s ruin.
- The lamp beside them goes out until only darkness remains (v. 5)
- They are trapped in a net (v. 8)
- Calamity eats at their skin (v. 13)
- Their roots dry up and their branches wither (v. 16)
What we can get from today’s passage is that temptations are traps set by Satan but the righteous person is freed from what entangles. The lamp beside them never goes out. Their body is healthy and their soul is replenished eternally with the water that provides nourishment for them to grow like a tree with their branches spreading from the trunk providing shade in the hot summer heat.
Bildad accuses Job of wrongdoing but Job needed sympathy. Only God knows the full story of someone’s life so rather than condemn someone, keep spreading the Light that grows brighter and brighter.
Our mood can determine how we view things. Looking at life from a different point of view changes everything. Jesus changed things and a bright future exists. Because of the Cross and accepting the love of God through Jesus, we have a bright future that even grows brighter as we claim it and reveal it to others.
This day with You Lord, You are with us and it is a new and glorious morning. We have hope to keep going with opportunities to be a blessing. We know the outcome is in Your hands Lord because You are in charge. We will keep working hard, keep being faithful, and have confidence because we know You are with us setting up a bright future. Amen.