Daily Encouragement

August 22 – The Danger of 80% Correctness


Job 4:1-7:21
1 Corinthians 14:18-40
Psalm 37:30-40
Proverbs 21:27

Job 4:7 — The danger of being 80% correct. Eliphaz believed that God blesses the righteous and punishes the wicked. And that is a good generalization, but the application made some faulty assumptions.

Job 4:17 — Eliphaz again recognizes a truth but doesn’t stop there. Stop while you’re ahead Eliphaz! We’ve talked about the atheist argument “more moral than God”, and Eliphaz picks up on that. Instead of only saying, “Don’t argue with God” … period … he says, “Don’t argue with God …” and then proceeds to compare Job to the foolish and silly (Job 5:2).

Job 6:6 — Egg whites haven’t gotten any tastier in the last 3,000 years.

Job 6:8-9 — Poor Job. Like the old preacher said, “Thank God that He doesn’t answer all of your prayers!”

1 Corinthians 14:33 — Whether worship was in the Old Testament under the Levitical code, or in the New Testament as regulated by the epistles – it was never one of confusion, but always practiced decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40).

1 Corinthians 14:34 — Paul says that some things seem to be in conflict with accepted cultural values of the day. But if God’s desires always lined up with our desires, we would have no need for the corrective imperatives of the New Testament.

Psalm 37:31 — How much of God’s Law is in your heart?

Psalm 37:40 — This is an interesting contrast to the story of Job. Job was trusting in the LORD but had not been delivered … yet. The word “yet” is a key word in Job and the Psalms – God will deliver but sometimes “not yet.”

Proverbs 21:27 — This explains why God was not happy with Cain’s offering (Genesis 4:5, Genesis 4:7)

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