Job 22:1-3: “Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, ‘Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself? Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? Or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?’”
Have you ever considered what you mean to God? What does He get out of your relationship with Him? What “profit” is there, as Eliphaz puts it? Eliphaz thinks that all Job’s efforts at devotion and righteousness have been worthless. Why? What does he think the Lord values? He apparently assumes that God’s motives are similar to the motives of men. Is this a fair assumption? What are some of God’s attributes that humans strive to emulate? What are some of the things God can do, that you wish you had the power to do? Have you ever, like Satan, desired to be in God’s position, so you could control what happens to yourself and/or others? Have you ever placed yourself in a position of such power, or taken advantage of your circumstances for personal gain? Based on what you have read in Job, how would you answer Eliphaz’s three questions?