Job 5:27… “Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know thou it for thy good” (KJV). Eliphaz the Temanite was speaking. The word “Temanite” means “nowhere.“ Did his counsel come from “nowhere?” In modern-day speech Eliphaz was saying, “I have a word for you; you had better hear it and know it. It’s for your own good; this is the Lord’s direction for your life right now.” In troubled times many religious men and women give counsel that is not always right. In Job 42:7-8 God says, “And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. Therefore take unto you now 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 ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right.”
There is a lot of strange counsel in the land today. Some of it is devilish, sensual, earthly, confusing, and damaging. James 3:15-18 says that unlike worldly counsel, God’s counsel is first pure (unbiased), then it’s peace-making (healing). It does not contradict the word of God, and it is gentle (understanding and compassionate). God’s counsel is full of mercy and good fruits. It is without partiality and without hypocrisy. God sows His counsel in fruits of righteousness. How is it that people who give wrong counsel never repent? Eliphaz had to repent.
Counselors are needed. Proverbs 11:14, 15:22, 24:6 teach that counselors are important. Today it seems that counselors speak out of nowhere, and off the wall. Ezekiel talks of people who give wicked counsel. Psalm 1:1 talks of people receiving counsel from the ungodly. The Holy Spirit wants to be your counselor. God is very generous when it comes to giving counsel. Proverbs 8:6 says, “Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things” (KJV). The Holy Spirit will never lead you wrong.
Pastor George Belobaba
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