Bearing the burdens of the broken is a beautiful thing.
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Psalm 3:1-7 - Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him." But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
Read Job 21-22 —
Job asks his friends to listen to him…literally ‘hear what I’m trying to say to you’. He then asks them to ‘bear with him’. This is a heartfelt cry to do more with their 2 ears and less with their 1 mouth.
As Job speaks, you can hear him mourning the opportunity to see his children and grandchildren. He is mourning ‘what might have been’. This is certainly a natural part of the grieving process. However, as a follower of Christ, our grieving can turn from the ‘here and now’ (time I won’t get in this earthly existence) to the ‘there and then’ (eternal opportunity to enjoy all of God’s many blessings). This is a transition that many mourners never make and can help explain why some people never are able to overcome the grief of losing a loved one.
Chapter 22 is Eliphaz’s 3rd and final response to Job. It is a somewhat gracious response although he is still trying to equate an apparent sin to the judgment of God. The truth he gives is at the end of the chapter when he tells Job that he will experience peace with God through submission and that God will ultimately rescue even sinners.
Lord, may you use me to bear the burdens of others today and in the future.
Job refutes the wrong idea that the wicked never prosper. Read Psalm 73 to see another example of this. The wicked may prosper in material terms in their short lives but will never prosper eternally without saving grace.
Job seeks for a quiet audience as he wrestles with his condition. Eliphaz points him to ultimate peace with God. Although these men both seem to struggle in their knowledge of God and His plan it does seem that their hearts may truly be yearning to Know God better.