Sunday, June 11, 2017

June 9 "I'm Just A Byword" Job 29-31

Job feels he is just a byword now.  Job 31:11 - "Now that God has unstrung my bow and afflicted me, they throw off restraint in my presence."  When we are "too much" for people, they throw us off, not willing to sit with those who have no answers.  Like all of us, Job is learning here that we are not the prosecutor nor the defender of God in dealing with our problems.  So what's the true point:  "Love seeks the deepest well-being of another.  If that requires suffering, then love permits and, sometimes, brings about suffering.  But love never allows more suffering than is necessary to achieve the well-being of the beloved."  (Larry Crabb).  Our stories stir others and whatever ripples out of them comes from their hearts of good or bad.  What will it be in our affliction?

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