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Friends? Who Needs 'Em?

Posted by Vickie Carmichael on

Job’s friends would have helped Job more to simply share his grief and admit that they did not know all the “whys” of life. Why is it those closest to us try to analyze our circumstances and start telling us exactly what is wrong with us and what we need to do to get better?

Because Job had been the encourager many times, cheering on those who were about to quit, the people surrounding him expected Job to automatically find hope and the confidence to face everything life had placed in his lap. Job may have been able to do that … if the suffering were deserved. It is undeserved suffering that is hard to bear. Why would God allow this kind of suffering to happen to people who are faithful and true followers?

Because real faith, honest intimacy with the Father, pure heart motive, is refined and embraced in the fires and the grief, the struggle and the pain of everyday life. That’s when I find myself praying without ceasing, seeking His face, searching for a word to hold onto.

Job’s story teaches us the lesson of life: All we can do is trust a sovereign God. Whatever you’re going through, be still and listen for the whisper of God, “Trust Me.” I repeat, all we can do is trust that God is sovereign.

Job 4:20,21 in the Message says, “These bodies of ours are here today and gone tomorrow, and no one even notices – gone without a trace. When the tent stakes are ripped up, the tent collapses – we die and are never the wiser for having lived.”

Trust that God is a sovereign God.

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