OVERVIEW: Bildad calls Job a windbag who needs to learn from those with more experience.
BIG IDEA: Be a listener and when you speak, ask lots of questions.
KEY VERSE: Job 8:8–9 (Bildad to Job)
Just ask the previous generation. Pay attention to the experience of our ancestors. For we were born but yesterday and know nothing. Our days on earth are as fleeting as a shadow.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Don’t presume you know everything about a person or their situation. Even if you’ve “seen it before,” each situation is unique. The worst thing you can do is respond without asking questions. But don’t ask unless you’re willing to listen. And don’t listen unless you care. Many find listening a difficult skill—few do it well. I want you to be an accomplished listener more than an answer giver. I have the answers. People need to hear from me more than you.
But that doesn’t give you a license to enter a room with a list of Bible verses to share. I want you to share my word but wait for the right time. Ask lots of questions. Seek the answers you think you already know. You may be surprised. Wait for my nudge to share what I’ve put on your heart. Until then, be a real friend and show you care by listening.
Be a listener and a friend to someone in need. Be a learner and ask lots of questions today. Get to know their story and what is most meaningful to them.