As Christians we are to speak the things that are right, we are to speak the things that are of God, we are to speak the word of God. In fact, before we speak we need to be sure we heard from God before it is spoken. Truly I have learned some things about speaking out of God’s timing. I open with this topic because Job had three friends who were supposed to comfort and encourage him in his time of suffering, but it turned out that they spent most of their time just speaking and ministering the wrong things to Job in the name of God.
These three friends Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar just missed God as it pertained to their ministry of Job. In other words, they just missed God in their ministry to Job and there was a price to pay for that. God says to Job’s friends (Job 42:8) “take seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept, lest I deal with you after your folly, in that you have (NOT SPOKEN OF ME THE THING WHICH IS RIGHT), like my servant Job.
The take home message should be that we need to be careful about what we say to ourselves, and what we say to others. If you can’t speak life and encouragement into yourself or someone else under difficult circumstances-be sure that before you say (God said) that you have heard it from God. Because the words you speak could very well affect your relationship with the Lord. It did for Job’s three friends and it will for you as well. But thanks be to God that Job was a righteous man and was able to pray his friends through.
God Bless You
Pastor Versal Mason