There is a time when terror is good for us! It’s good for us to know and feel that we should dodge away from a car travelling fast; being hit by a speeding vehicle is good for us to avoid. It would be even better that next time we do not walk on the road! Fear can be a powerful force of motivation in the right direction. Fear and terror can also be unhelpful. These emotions can become motivators in the wrong direction. It’s up to us
to determine between helpful and unhelpful fear. In our reading this week we see Job’s friend Bildad attempting to apply fear to Job in the wrong way. He assumed Job’s guilt and was trying to motivate a confession through the terror of what, in his opinion, would still occur to Job. The problem is that Bildad was wrong. In the next chapter, Job answers him harshly. The story of Job is a test for humanity. There is hardship and evil in this world that is created by satan. The only way to survive is through Jesus Christ.
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