“Bildad from Shuhah chimed in [to Job]: “How monotonous these word games are getting!” Job 18:1
I’ve always admired people who can do the New York Daily Crossword while eating breakfast! I might do well to get five words in an hour. One day I found a beginner’s crossword puzzle book, and I have been plugging along trying to get through all fifty of them. I find the words boring and can’t always understand their connection to the hint. If it weren’t for the answers in the back of the book, I might never get one finished.
In this chapter of Job, Job faced a different kind of word game. When successful, people listened to him. But when down and out, he no longer held an audience–as if his intelligence went down the tube, too. Does this happen today? Ask someone who has lost their high-level job during the recession? What about an athlete who sustained an injury and is on the bench for the rest of the season? We want our words to be heard at all times.
And, there are the word games people play on us that are hurtful–ones that can’t be erased like a wrong word on a crossword puzzle. Or, how about words that are spoken with an attitude which shows what someone really means?
Lord, give us words to lift those who feel down and out. Amen.