For you have now become nothing; you see my calamity and are afraid. Have I said, ‘Make me a gift’? Or, ‘From your wealth offer a bribe for me’? Or, ‘Deliver me from the adversary's hand’? Or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of the ruthless’?
I need to read Job with a different set of eyes than I have used in the past. I need to use Job's eyes as I minister to a friend who is suffering. He has heard his best friends examine his history for failure to serve the LORD. Job sees that as a fear that they may experience the same calamities or that they are concerned that he will ask them for help that they that cannot or will not provide.
Is the cry of Job's heart for help in trusting the LORD in all circumstances? Perhaps the why me, LORD is not as important as help me, LORD? Did his friends need to be better listeners than suggesters? Do I?
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 138
Evening: Psalm 63
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