This week I am studying the Book of Job with my 6:00 a.m. Bible Study Group. And what an eye opener the under lying chapters have been! If you are familiar with this Old Testament book, you know that Job was afflicted with body sores, and he lost all his wealth, family, livestock, and servants because of a Spiritual battle between God and Satan. Even after all this devastation, his wife condemned him, too.
The reason for me to categorize this book as an eye opener is simply because as I examine my own life over these past years, I now realize that I have encountered many family members, friends, strangers, and associates that have expressed to me similar experiences that they have gone through that were like Job’s. Of course, at the time, these people did not realize that they were paralleling a story from the Holy Bible, nor did I, at the time, connect the dots.
But two weeks ago, all of what I had been living through during those past few years when counseling others on this matter, came home to roost. Without betraying a confidence, let me try to explain what happened. A new friend of mine engaged me in an unsolicited conversation about my (…and I am quoting her) calm mannerism, quiet disposition, patience personified (because I love to work puzzles endlessly), always displaying an inviting smile and willingness to listen to everyone’s problems. She went on to say that she wished that she, too, had some of those qualities. But in continuing her assessment, she confided that she just can’t take it any more. She feels she has succumbed to life’s struggles. What is more, she has begun to take out her frustrations on others by speaking harshly to them and sometimes even hurling insults at herself and calling herself stupid and other bad names.
Oh, how her words pierced my heart, spirit, and soul. And I wanted to take her in my arms to comfort her. But I did not. Instead, I gave her my undivided attention and began to speak softly to her with encouraging words. I did not quote any scriptures or point her to our Lord because I did not…. know to whom I was dealing with. And furthermore, we were in a public place where other people were now noticing us. I did, however, get her to compose herself and offered up a quick prayer for reassurance. We parted understanding that we would continue our discussion at another time.
Now, fast forward to the Book of Job!
This week, as my bible study group came to Job chapters 6 and 7, I began to see my distraught friend in the life of Job. These 2 chapters voice a bonified complaint by Job against God about life in general. In his torment, Job is indicting God’s dealings with mankind. Job is unaware that he was a pawn in a spiritual warfare conflict between God and Satan. So now you see why I could not engage my friend in a conversation about God’s sovereignty when she already seemed confused about why such a good God inflicts such misery on mere mortals.
Now that the Holy Spirit has heard my cries through prayers and supplications on her behalf, and has given me the examples and solutions experienced by Job’s predicament, I am better equipped to minister to her. Please pray that the infusion and comfort of the Holy Spirit will be with me as I continue ministering to her and that she will profess her allegiance to the Holy One’ wisdom and her dependence, through faith, on the One who cares.
Dear Heavenly Father, I sincerely praise You for the weapon of the sword of the Spirit. For He points me to my Bible which I can use to resist all the attacks of the Evil One. Knowing that with your Word, it will bring about victory for all those who use it as a weapon to fight spiritual wars. Amen and Amen.
Scripture Lesson: “Remember Your word to Your servant, for You have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” Psalm 119:49-50
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