Running To Repentance Together


After the Lord had spoken these words to Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.” So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did what the Lord had told them, and the Lord accepted Job's prayer. — Job 42:7-9

So here we learn that Job is not the only one in need of repentance. Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar have some business to address as well. And it's interesting how God wants them to reconcile it. He invites them to ask the brother they have offended to bring the burnt offering and sacrifice for them. This is ironic since this is what they determined that Job needed to do. But with this, two things happen. First, they are reconciled to God. Second, they are reconciled to each other.

I think we are all tempted to run from Christian community during hard times. God shows us that this is exactly the wrong thing to do. Both parties should graciously step toward the tension. Because catch this, when God-fearing men come together in penance and prayer, God's glory is accomplished. God takes our imperfections, and they become a perfect witness for Him. And still, today, as we read the book of Job, we see God's glory displayed as a testimony through four types of imperfect men.

Today consider this question. Who is that person you are running from that you need to run to? Seek them out, and pursue the grace of God together.

ASK THIS: Who is that person you are running from that you need to run to? (Write their name or initials in the comments below)

DO THIS: Pursue God's grace together.

PRAY THIS: God, I need your grace. But I also need the strength to pursue a relationship with a follower in the faith. I recognize you want me to pursue them today. May they be receptive. And together, may you receive our need for forgiveness and mercy.

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12 thoughts on “Running To Repentance Together

  1. Mike says:

    I find lately, that in my sin I have been running from Jesus because of my embarrassment. And at the same time trying to call out for Him to help me. I’m so overwhelmed with confusion I don’t know which way to turn. I feel like I’m being slowly crushed.

    • Vince says:

      Hang in there Mike
      Jesus knows what you need.
      There’s nothing to be embarrassed about with him.
      Vince G

  2. Vince says:

    Lord, help me to try one more time and not just retreat as I’m tempted. I pray we can talk openly and honestly without him seeming to stonewall me and making me feel that my feelings are irrelevant.

  3. Eddie Ackerman says:

    In-laws are difficult people to deal with at times, my mother-in-law being no exception. She is a “believer”, but is full of malice, spite, and bitterness. She is also in a lot of physical pain in this season of her life. God, please help me to connect with her in a meaningful way that helps and heals our relationship in a way that only You can. Amen.

  4. Sheldon says:

    Mark he has walked away from the faith and needs to be encouraged to come home , Jesus is calling

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