Finding Your Creative Bones® 365-Day Devotional © 2023
With your focus on love, there is little time to focus on sorrow.
Zophar answered Job to give him strength.
But if only God would take up the word, opening his lips in argument with you; And would make clear to you the secrets of wisdom, and the wonders of his purpose! Are you able to take God's measure, to make discovery of the limits of the Ruler of all? (Job 11.5-7 Bible in Basic English (BBE))
Job answers with a response on how strong the Lord is. He feels God is deeply punishing him for something he does not understand. His misery pours out as a lament against humankind, especially toward Zophar, for he feels he is being laughed at. It never entered Job's thoughts that The Satan is responsible for his suffering, for he knows God has power over everything.
But the effect of the order is love coming from a clean heart, and a knowledge of what is right, and true faith: (1 Timothy 1.5 Bible in Basic English (BBE))
I give praise to him who gave me power, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he took me to be true, making me his servant, (1 Timothy 1.12 Bible in Basic English (BBE))
Job's sorrow ultimately touches all aspects of his language. He sees good in things but has lost hope of good returning to his life. His despair is tremendous and has overwhelmed him. You may be or have felt this way at some point. The saying "This too will pass" is usually very accurate. You have only to stay faithful and wait. But that is the difficulty. You must keep the course, persevere, and love God and those around you. If you focus on love, there is little time to focus on sorrow, discomfort, or despair. That is not to say hide your pain. Instead, use it to love and serve in a beautiful, mighty way! Trust God, trust yourself, and you will find peace.
Loving Father, you know when my heart aches. It is easy in sorrow to grow negative and lose focus on others and what matters. Help me fill the suffering with love so I can respond to my pain by producing something extraordinary for you. Help me show others through my willingness to go through trials that you can succeed and continue to build the Kingdom even in pain. Use me in any way you see fit. I trust you, and through you, I know my pain will ease, and my peace will grow. Amen.
a tangle originated by Cindy Rae Fancher, CZT
Word of the Day
Read the Job Scripture in context on the Bible in Basic English (BBE) website.
Read the 1 Timothy Scriptures in context on the Bible in Basic English (BBE) website.