October 20 Job 6,7,8; Acts 12

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In the Mess | Kelley Deases

S~ What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient? Job 6:11 (NIV)

O~  Job, throughout this and many other of his recorded words, just wants to die — to be relieved of his physical, emotional, and spiritual anguish by ending his life. And in the midst of his seeking some solace and support from his friends, he is, instead, further brought low and left isolated by their barbs and accusations.

A~  I have a dear friend, a relative in fact, who has had to endure tremendous adversity over the last few years. Prior to this season, she was a wife and stay-at-home mother, not without her struggles, but then it all began to unravel. After 25 years of marriage, she discovered her husband was having an affair, which has resulted not in contrite repentance but in a long, drawn-out separation and protracted divorce proceedings which are still not finalized. Two of their three teen-aged children were particularly devastated by this betrayal and the loss of their intact family and have acted out in some self-destructive ways. Financial strain has caused her to return to work after two decades and even still she is unable to make ends meet. On top of this, she lost her father and stepfather within a few months of each other and worries for her mother’s care. In all this, the pieces which she seems to possess which Job lacked are faithful, supportive friends and an unsinkable trust in God’s plan, despite the messiness and uncertainty of her circumstances. I can only hope for her that when she emerges on the other side of this bitter season, she can say what Job uttered to the Lord after his ordeal: “My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you.” Job. 42:5

P~ Father, I pray for her burdens to ease as she has borne so much. Too much. I pray I can be a better friend and sister in Christ, who checks in more often and lets her freely share her heart and her pain. But mostly I ask, Lord, You would use all of this mess to create a new and beautiful masterpiece out of her life.

A Friend… | Kim Chipman

S~ Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty. Job 6:14 (NIV)

O~ Job is responding to his friends. In this section, my study Bible says: “Be slow to give advice to those who are hurting. They often need compassion more than they need advice.

A~ My heart goes out to Job. He is in anguish and his friends are not being super amazing. This challenges me as a friend, but this verse today challenges my heart position toward You also.

“forsakes fear of the Almighty”?? The notion that withholding kindness  from a friend is abandoning reverence for You is sobering. But so true as I digest it. Not showing kindness is selfish. It’s about me and my comfort and convenience. If I want to live a life that looks more like Jesus then selfless servanthood must top the list.

P~ Lord, help me to be a selfless servant! Help me to decrease so You may increase in my life. I want to look more like You and less like me. Help me to be a great friend. I love You!

Amazed! | Michelle Myers

S~ Then Peter came to himself and said, ‘Now I know without a doubt that the LORD sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating. Acts 12:11 (NIV)

O/A~ It is an awesome thing to experience that realization, that You had my back in a situation.  There is security in that. If I am not too focused on the situation, and angry with You for putting me through it, to begin with, I am humbled and amazed at those times.  Even when I am angry with You for putting me through a situation, You are patient with me while I work through my junk, and eventually I get to that place of humbleness and amazement.

P~ Thank you God for Your patience with me.  Please help me stay focused on You and the security that You provide, not the situation and the lack of security in this world and the people of this world.

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