Church in the Canyon

Sermons from Church in the Canyon, a PCA church in Calabasas, CA

” A Reckless Counselor “

October 27th, 2019

" A Reckless Counselor "

Job 4-5

October 27, 2019

Pastor Bob Bjerkaas

  1. The Logical Advice of Eliphaz 
    1. Since godly people are always healthy and wealthy…  4:7-17
    2. Your suffering means that you have sinned… 4:18-5:7
    3. Therefore, repent of your sins5:8,17-19
    4. And you will be healthy and wealthy again 5:19-25
  2. Where did Eliphaz Fail?
    1. He does not know that sometimes bad things happen without a person’s sin being the cause: John 9:1-3
    2. He does not know that sometimes God causes good people to suffer in order to strengthen them – not to punish them: John 15:2
    3. Eliphaz fails because he knows some things but presumes to see the whole picture!
  3. Be Careful in Counseling Others!  You can utterly fail despite:
    1. Humble compliments 4:1-6
    2. Careful observations 4:7-11 
    3. Spiritual experiences 4:12-17
    4. Theological sophistication 4:18-21
    5. Doctrinal orthodoxy 5:1-7
    6. Personal piety 5:8-16
    7. Good intentions 5:17-27


  • Do not suppose that anyone’s health or wealth is an indicator of the nature of their relationship with God
  • Never presume to speak as an expert about someone else’s circumstances and walk with God in this world.
  • In all of life, both good times and bad, seek God!