Tuesday, July 21, 2020

July 21

I know many of you like the book of Job; I, however, find it depressing, and Job’s friends insensitive. Who needs friends if they kick you when your down? Don’t be like Job’s friends! Many are hurting; to point out that their troubles are because of sin is heartless, and unbecoming of a person that is called by the name of Christ. Stop doing it. Some of our pain is indeed brought on by sin, but we should offer hope, not condemnation. I also have concerns that the words of his friends could be used out of context by those quoting the Bible, and that what they say could be used as justification to be cruel to others. If someone quotes you verses from Job, make sure you look it up to see if it’s Job’s reply, God’s reply, or the reply from his friends. Remember that context is vital with any quote from the Bible. Job goes on to recover, and God rewards him for his faithfulness, but at the time of his sorrow, his future was in doubt. When others are going through hard times, tomorrow is unknown, so we need to care for them with kindness, and Christlike love, and avoid being like Job’s friends.

Job’s reply: But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Who does not know such things as these? I am a laughingstock to my friends; I, who called to God and he answered me, a just and blameless man, am a laughingstock. In the thought of one who is at ease there is contempt for misfortune; it is ready for those whose feet slip. Job 12:3-5

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