Who Will Cry for You?

“His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him. When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads. Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.” – Job 2:9-13

I shared this story to the congregation when I preached last Sunday on bitterness.  I was hesitant at first but I realized that God can use such a tumultuous episode in our lives as a way to build and encourage others.  I know that He did it for me.  Such incredible pain can turn one who trusts in the Lord to someone useful for His kingdom.  I hope you see why as I recount such a harrowing experience…

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