by Arnie Cole, Pam Ovwigho & Michael Ross
"Remember: who that was innocent ever perished? Or where were the upright cut off? As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same. By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of his anger they are consumed. The roar of the lion, the voice of the fierce lion, the teeth of the young lions are broken. The strong lion perishes for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered." Job 4:7-11, ESV
Eliphaz's words signal two spiritual dangers. First his formula condemns Job, the very man he's trying to comfort. The second danger goes even greater. Eliphaz's beliefs have essentially contained God in a box, limiting him to only responding to human behavior and to only doing so with either rewards or punishments.
This box ignores the fact that God has a plan and purpose for each of us. It ignores His abundant mercy and grace. It ignores His love so great that He tests, disciplines, and molds us to be more like His Son each day.
In our day, we are blessed to be able to get to know God through His Word. Job and Eliphaz did not have such a joyous treasure. Yet even with the Bible, we may each discover times in our lives when we have put God in a box.
Have you ever put God in a box? How will seeing God as the all-powerful Creator and Savior change you and your life?
Excerpt from Overcoming the Hurt. If you enjoyed today's devotional, check out more from goTandem Books.