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JULY 7| Job 13:6-19


 

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REFLECTION

Fair weather friends

What sort of friend always believes the worst in us? Is that even the behavior of a friend? I've had a few women I considered friends, but who disappointed me, even betrayed my trust. I eventually moved on to find new ones. Friends love and speak truth to us, but they also believe in us and will be willing to tell us if we are on the wrong path. Isn't it curious the friends Job embraced? I've often questioned his ability to judge a man's character because of his choice for supporters. I am always comforted by Job 23:10-11 But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside. (Job 23:10-11) I didn't stop to consider that maybe Job wanted to teach his companions about the true nature of God, and that is why he didn't dismiss them as out-of-line when they questioned his character. When they inferred he must have done something bad for all this calamity to befall him, he didn't tell them to go home. He listened and continued to sit with them. Job's friends held to a belief that God punishes; that when something bad happens to us it is because of something bad we did first. Job’s friends do not offer any grace here. They assumed the worst, but Job knew different. He also knew his God and put his faith to work during this season. PRAYER PRACTICE

Dear Jesus, never let us forget all you have done for us. Help us remember everyday, you love and grace which never ends. Forgive us when we take for granted all that you are. Amen.



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