So we just finished week 3 of the Abounding Hope study. And…wow. Just…wow. Looking at the life of Job can overwhelm. But the truth is, as long as we’re on this side of Jesus’ return, trials will come. And to see how Job responded (to possibly the most devastating of all trials) can spur us on in whatever circumstances we find ourselves.
This week we will take a look at Job’s friends. The friends who tried to comfort and guide Job. “Tried” is the key word. Friends that, sadly, could easily be a reflection of us — speaking out of what we think we know about God and His infinite ways.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
You know, we as humans have a tendency to talk too much. And too quick. We hear someone’s plight and decide in seconds exactly what they should or should not do. We jump onto their “rights” bandwagon with a, “Girl, you have a right… You better tell her how it is.” Or we claim to know God’s omniscient plan with a, “God would never want you to feel that way.”
Job’s friends did that. They spoke out of a limited, faulty perspective. And it’s a lesson to us. Imagine how different things could be if we simply wept with those who wept and then gently walked with them into the throne room through prayer. Imagine if we just said, “I’m so sorry you’re having to walk through this.” And, “Can we pray together and see what God might want to say?”
There often aren’t simple answers to complicated situations. Our vision is limited. Short-sighted. But God sees the beginning from the end. He knows why He allows what He allows and what His plans are for tomorrow. And for the next day.
To be a great friend may mean we stop advising and just sit. It may mean we stop trying to give all the answers, and rather intercede for God’s perfect wisdom. It most definitely means we remember who God is and who we’re not. His ways are not our own, but He can be fully trusted.
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