Understanding

Job 42:1-17

Job 42:3 “…Surely I spoke of things I did not understand.”

I find myself thinking of this more and more. Lately, over the past four months, I’ve been experiencing a lot of pain and agony… family, friends……. Storms.

I have a lot of opinions about what my wife could do or should do to make her life easier.

I have a lot of opinions about what my son and daughter could do or should do to make their life easier.

I have a lot of opinions about what my friends could do or should do to make their life easier.

I have a lot of opinions on what everyone else could do or should do to make their life easier.

The truth is, I just don’t know!

Job lost his livelihood, Job lost his family, and Job was struck with disease and lost his health. Job’s friends came to comfort him. Job 2:11-13, 3:1 “ 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. After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.”

I have wept for my family. I have wept for my dear, dear friends. And I have wept for the world around me.

Things went awry for Job’s friends when they started to speak. They had a lot of opinions on what Job could do or should do to make his life easier.

The truth is, I don’t know. I don’t know why I feel the need to speak of things I do not understand.

Michael Franti and Spearhead have a song called “HEY.” Michael says in it “It seems like the more I see the less I know. But I know one thing. That I love you!” At 60 years old, I have seen a lot and I still may not know the truth, but I am trying to learn from those around me and Job reminds me of what he has learned from his pain and agony… before I speak of things I may not understand… maybe I should just not speak, or maybe I should just speak of things I know.

If you are in pain, if you are in agony, if you have family or friends who are in pain and agony, if you are worried about the pain in the world…

Know one thing! YOU ARE LOVED! You are a wonderful, loving precious child of GOD! YOU ARE LOVED! AMEN!

Jim Dietvorst

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