Holy Confidence

The Problem With Unsolicited Advice

Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless ways your hope? Job 4:6

Ahh, our friend Job. This is a tough book to read and digest as a Christian. I’ve done a very detailed post of the book of Job before, but for now let’s look at what this passage tells us about our #HolyConfidence.

Some context leading up to this passage is Job has a rough go of it to say the least. In the beginning of Job we read that he is righteous man and satan has decided to test that righteousness. (So much we could talk about here about God allowing satan to test and take away all that Job has, including his family, his possessions, his livelihood all gone in the blink of an eye.)

At this point in the book of Job we are hearing from Job’s “friends”. They are offering him plenty of unsolicited advice because they are trying to determine the reason for his suffering.

Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless ways your hope? Job 4:6

Job’s friend, Eliphaz is telling him that he has done something wrong and has brought on this suffering himself.

piety in this verse comes from the greek word, yirah which refers to fear and reverence.

blameless ways refers can also be translated into the “integrity of your ways”.

I think for this verse it will help us to look a few different versions to derive the meaning behind it.

NLT: Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?

MSG: But shouldn’t your devout life give you confidence now?
    Shouldn’t your exemplary life give you hope?

AMP: “Is not your fear of God your confidence,
And [is not] the integrity and uprightness of your ways your hope

Interestingly Eliphaz has good intentions to encourage Job in the midst of his suffering, but after he says something positive to him, he comes right back with basically saying that Job brought all of this suffering on himself. He purports that His claim to be righteous and devout, must be false as someone who was surely blameless would never have to endure such hardship.

“Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished?
    Where were the upright ever destroyed? Job 4:7

I talked yesterday about showing and telling of our Holy Confidence, and how when we spur one another one towards good deeds we can keep going because we know others are looking out for us even when we rather give up.

I enjoy working out, and I get the most out of working out in a group setting where I am around other ladies who are also pushing themselves physically and growing stronger everyday.

Yes I can work out by myself, but it is hard to push myself the same way I do when I’m in front of other people. At the first sign of distraction of fussy baby I much more eager to call it quits for the day than to keep going.

But when the other ladies in my workout group show up and put in the consistent work and effort, it is easy for me to follow them than it is to be the only one sitting out.

I take heed of their encouragement by their actions not only by their words.

Eliphaz’s desire for Job is to feel that same spark and hope (confidence) that he had so freely given and inspired others to feel to before. He is quick to point out that the fear of the Lord is his confidence and that is what he places his hope in. (all of this of course before he starts to tell Job it is some sin that he has committed that is causing everything)

Unsolicited advice is often harmful advice. Actually, any advice given apart from God’s provision is harmful advice.

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Tomorrow we will look at the definition of faith an hope as they are related to our confidence in Christ. But for now I want to leave you with some verses in Proverbs that discuss the problem with taking advice from fools.

The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. Proverbs 12:15

Fools find no pleasure in understanding
    but delight in airing their own opinions. Proverbs 18:2

Do not speak to fools,
    for they will scorn your prudent words. Proverbs 23:9

 

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