Although the book of Job may seem cyclical, ebbing between a friend tormenting Job and Job defending himself, there are truths in each account that make each episode unique. Job 17:5 gives us one of those unique truths. “He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.” It would’ve been easy for Job to just surrender to his friends and deny the truth, but Job does not give in to peer pressure. Job understood the ramifications of yielding his actions to those who were incorrect. He understood that one who gives flattering or vain words would reflect poorly on his character. Doing this could have adverse affects on the future generation as well.
Today we are bombarded with false ideas and dogmas. If we yield to make life easier for ourselves, there will be harsh ramifications. The next generation needs to see courage and not cowardice. They need to see us stand up for Jesus and truth.
Stand up, stand up for Jesus, stand in His strength alone;The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own.Put on the Gospel armor, each piece put on with prayer;Where duty calls or danger, be never wanting there.”