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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, April 28, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
Job did not hide his overwhelming grief. He had not lost his faith in God; instead, his emotions showed that he was human and that he loved his family. [God] He created our emotions; it is not sinful or inappropriate to express them as Job did. If you have experienced a deep loss, a disappointment, or heartbreak, admit your feelings to yourself and others, and grieve. (NLT)
Job 1:13-22 – One day when Job’s sons and daughters were dining at the oldest brother’s house, a messenger arrived at Job’s home with this news: “Your oxen were plowing, with the donkeys feeding beside them, when the Sabeans raided us. They stole all the animals and killed all the farmhands. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”
While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: “The fire of God has fallen from heaven and burned up your sheep and all the shepherds. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”
While he was still speaking, a third messenger arrived with this news: “Three bands of Chaldean raiders have stolen your camels and killed your servants. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”
While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: “Your sons and daughters were feasting in their oldest brother’s home. Suddenly, a powerful wind swept in from the desert and hit the house on all sides. The house collapsed, and all your children are dead. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.”
Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground before God. He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be stripped of everything when I die. The Lord gave me everything I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!”
In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.
Quoted verse: [Job’s friends] sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great. –Job 2:13 (NRSV)
“Story” – Paul Farley (North Carolina, USA) titled his story “QUIET COMFORT;” here is a portion of Paul’s story:
“As my grandfather’s health began declining, I visited him often. When my extended family heard his health had taken a turn for the worse, they all flew into town to see him. This ensured that he would never be alone. We sat in his hospice room in silence, day and night, praying he would get better.
“. . . Quiet comfort can be the best gift for a grieving or hurt person. In times where sorrow is too deep for words, the act of just being with the person speaks volumes.
“The days of silence and comfort helped Job process and deal with his sadness, while having the support he needed. Sometimes we feel we cannot comfort someone who is experiencing great grief or sorrow because we don’t know what to say; but in difficult times, silent companionship is a good way to remind others that they are loved.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – My presence can remind others that God loves them.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us remember that you are always with us and that we can feel your love through the companionship of others. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE IN DECLINING HEALTH
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