Job 26: Show People You Care about Them
Basically, even though I think that Bildad made some good points in the previous chapter, in Job 26, Job himself criticizes Bildad for essentially stating the obvious.
Job 26:2 How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength?
Job 26:3 How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom? and how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is?
Job 26:4 To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee?
It kind of seems as if his friends were more interested in winning the debate than in helping out their friend who was suffering.
This is something I think that we need to take seriously when we are dealing with non-Christians. Yes, they certainly might need convincing at times, and we should be willing to talk about these types of spiritual issues, but we need to show people that we care about them.
That is really the key to being a successful missionary I think. We need to let people know that we actually want something better for them. It isn’t that we simply want to convince. We have a message that, if we take Christianity seriously, these other people need to hear. It has eternal significant. Naturally, that is pretty important stuff, and we should care about sharing that.
However, while we certainly care about our message and believe it is incredibly important, that will not necessarily give us the opportunity to share that with other people. People want to hear what we have to say when they know that we actually want what is best for them. At that point, we will have the opportunity to tell them all that we know about why Christianity is so important and why it matters in their lives.
I think that we can sometimes skip over that part. Getting to know people certainly takes work, but we don’t want to get a reaction like the one that Job gave to Bildad. That doesn’t help us or them.