Bad Advice

Since your children sinned against Him, He gave them over to their rebellion. But if you earnestly seek God and ask the Almighty for mercy, if you are pure and upright, then He will move even now on your behalf and restore the home where your righteousness dwells. Job 8:4-6 HCSB

We were traveling to Florida for vacation with our four young children in our full size conversion van. Luggage, toys, stuffed animals, cassette tapes, video tapes, and pillows filled the van. As with most families there were times when tensions raised between our four children. There were squabbles and even some pushing and shoving. Of course I was not pleased and needed to discipline them. Even though I was not happy with their behavior, I still loved them and would do anything for them. They were my children, and I wanted only the best for them.

Bildad gave Job some bad advice. First he told Job that his children were rebelling against God and that is the reason they were killed. Then he made the suggestion that if Job would seek God and live a good life that God would bless him. Bildad was wrong when he believed that God’s love moved up and down with man’s behavior. God’s love is constant and never changes. He loves all people the same. God is not pleased when people sin and disobey His laws, but He still loves them regardless of their actions.

Challenge: Be careful who you select as your counselor and to whom you listen when you are seeking wisdom and direction. Be assured that God loves you and His love never changes. You can not do anything that will cause God to stop loving you.

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