First things first - Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. My spouse is a great father to his 2 children (and will be an awesome grandfather!). He is a blessing in our lives that we quite often take for granted! In addition, I have a great father, who is and has been a wonderful support system for myself and my 3 siblings! My father-in-law is also a great father to his 3 children. What a blessing to have a heritage of male leaders in our family! I love you all!
Our Sunday School class has been studying the life of Job. We are only on our third lesson but it is very interesting to see the different view points come through the discussions. The most obvious is that Job was a godly man, with which no one argues. God allowed Satan access to Job but limited what could be done to him. There are a couple of different thoughts that have come out in the past couple of weeks about Job's friends and his trials. The obvious is that with friends like his who needs enemies! However - there is a different take on the friends. They had been taught all their lives that pain and suffering were allowed by God because of sin in the person's life! How could anyone expect them to have a different perspective then?! In addition to that - none of them had the 20/20 hindsight into the situation and what led up to it that we are allowed today. They were not aware of what happened in the Heavenly realm. Now granted - they probably should have continued to sit in silence! They were not any help or comfort once they opened their mouths, but I think we've been hard on the friends. The truth about our situation may not be what we want to hear at the time, but it certainly may be what we need to hear! It just needs to be tempered with a loving heart. Sometimes, though, we just need to be quiet! I know I need to stop trying to make sense of the situation or try to help God by explaining what He means by allowing certain things to come into someone's life. I am not God - I do not know His mind - I do not know His plans for the other person (I am not sure of His plans for my own life, much less someone elses!!!). It is very arrogant of me to think I can make things better by telling the other person what they have done wrong, thus causing this painful time in their life! The other person would be much better served by me sitting with them, quietly, without saying a word!
Father - Help me to be quiet, but be available for those in my life who need a friend to sit with them!