Job 22:15-17: “Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden? Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood: which said unto God, ‘Depart from us’: and what can the Almighty do for them?”
Do you observe how others act so you can avoid their mistakes? What is the “old way” Eliphaz mentions here? One of the striking things about the book of Job is that, in spite of its antiquity, it contains so much material that demonstrates many of mankind’s motives and methods have not changed. The old way is repackaged and labeled the new way; but at its root, it is still driven by selfishness and pride. The rampant sinfulness and evil, that caused God to wipe out all but eight people in Noah’s day, is still evident in all parts of today’s world. The popular concept of removing all mention of God and His precepts from the public square is our way of telling Him, “Depart from us!” We alienate ourselves from our Creator, and we wonder why He allows so much wickedness and strife. What can the Almighty do for those who stubbornly refuse His wisdom and direction?