Sometimes you need to cut people lose. That’s how I felt when reading Job 11, which is the response of Job’s third “friend”, a term I am, again, using very loosely here. In a nutshell. Zophar, who was probably the youngest in the group, tells Job the things listed below. I’ve provided my brief responses to each.
Job needed to be humiliated for his “babbling” (verse 3) → absolute crazy talk
God has overlooked some of Job’s sin (verse 6) → Job had not sinned
Job is stupid (verse 12) → Umm what?! Where did this insult even come from?
Job needs to repent so his life will get fixed (verses 13-20)→ Again, Job has nothing to repent for (Did I mention Zophar had a three step plan for repentance? Plan is good but not applicable to Job Read it in Job 11:13-20)
Zophar made the same assumptions as Bildad and Eliphaz in assuming Job’s secret sin and guilt. With friends like these, who needs enemies. I guess you could say these were some of the original frenemies!
Chapter Twelve starts Job’s response. He starts with a zinger.
"No doubt you are the people, and wisdom will die with you.” ~ Job 12:2 CSB
Clearly Job was being sarcastic. Zophar was not the beginning and end of wisdom. In fact, if you look at what he said to Job, he wasn’t being wise at all. And he most definitely was not being kind and loving, which would have been the wise thing to do given Job’s circumstances.
What does scripture say about wisdom? It backs up Job. Wisdom does not begin or end with man.And thank goodness because can you imagine the ego??!!
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline.” ~ Proverbs 1:7 CSB
Wisdom and knowledge begins with a reverential fear of God. When we take God seriously, we’ll listen and respond to promptings from the Holy Spirit.We’ll read God’s Word, not just to check off a box on or to-do list, but to DO what it says. We’ll allow God to shape our lives and not try to go it alone. And James 1:5 tells us, “Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him”. Want more wisdom? Ask God. He’s the source!