Note: Job’s friends were convinced that Job must have done something very bad to deserve his terrible suffering. They wanted Job to acknowledge his great sin. The trouble with that reasoning was: Job had not sinned. And as badly as Job was hurting, he was not going to confess to sins that he had not committed. Below is his response:
Scripture: Job (NIV) 13:3 But I desire to speak to the Almighty and to argue my case with God. 4 You, however, smear me with lies; you are worthless physicians, all of you! 5 if only you would be altogether silent! For you, that would be wisdom.
Observation: Surely there are many of us who would like to tell someone to shut up, like Job did in verse 5! Reading it makes me laugh, but Job was not laughing when he said it. There are times when people just do not understand what we are going through. But as we read the whole book of Job, we come to know that God does understand! He understood even better than Job! And we come to know that He will set things straight!
Application: When it seems no one understands, I can trust God. Even when I do not understand, I can trust that He does. And I can trust His love for me to work things out for my good and for His glory.
Prayer: Lord, no one else may understand, but You do! I trust you to bring me through these troubles. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!