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December 28, 2018

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Reading along with us in Job? Here’s today’s reading:

Job 2 (ESV)

Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the Lord. And the Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life.”.....Continue Reading

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  1. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
    Job’s Three Friends
    11Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him. 12And when they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him. And they raised their voices and wept, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads toward heaven. 13And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.

  2. What a great picture Job gives us into the nature of the interaction between God and Satan. I certainly believe things like this are more of a rule than an exception and we would and should be honored to live such a life that it would raise to a standard of being worthy of a conversation between God and Satan. And as Job passed the first test with flying colors, he is then given a second one. The lesson we learn from Job’s wife is we need to be careful not to be a source of discouragement in other peoples lives. The lesson we learn from Job is we can always be still and know that He is God and we should absolutely be willing to receive anything life throws at us, whether the source of it be God, Satan ourselves or the vagaries of circumstances that come from living in a world that is subject to sin and death. All is under God’s purview and use and we need to learn the lessons God has for in it.

    And at the point, what a great group of friends. We learn from them could principles of engaging with people in severe suffering. We should come and make ourselves available rather than avoid. We should weep with those who weep. And be willing to sit for extended periods and let our mere presence sometimes speak more than what words ever could.

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