“Then Job answered: I have heard many things like these. You are all miserable comforters. Is there no end to your empty words? What provokes you that you continue testifying? If you were in my place I could also talk like you. I could string words together against you and shake my head at you. Instead, I would encourage you with my mouth, and the consolation from my lips would bring relief.
His anger tears at me, and He harasses me. He gnashes His teeth at me. My enemy pierces me with His eyes.
I was at ease, but He shattered me; He seized me by the scruff of the neck and smashed me to pieces. He set me up as His target;
My friends scoff at me as I weep before God. I wish that someone might arbitrate between a man and God just as a man pleads for his friend. For only a few years will pass before I go the way of no return.”
“My spirit is broken. My days are extinguished. A graveyard awaits me. Surely mockers surround me and my eyes must gaze at their rebellion.
He has made me an object of scorn to the people; I have become a man people spit at. My eyes have grown dim from grief, and my whole body has become but a shadow. The upright are appalled at this, and the innocent are roused against the godless.
My days have slipped by; my plans have been ruined, even the things dear to my heart. They turned night into day and made light seem near in the face of darkness.”
Job 16:1-5, 9, 12, 20-22 HCSB
Job 17:1-2, 6-8, 11-12 HCSB
I pray for strength, hope, and unwavering love and trust. Thank You Father. Amen.
Many people take life’s valleys, pits, and mountains as God’s personal attack against them. But why?
When life is supposed to be about serving God, why do we make it all about us?
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