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We Can Talk Too Much About God!

Morning Inspiration: His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.” But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong. Job 2:9–10
When they saw Job from a distance, they scarcely recognized him. Wailing loudly, they tore their robes and threw dust into the air over their heads to show their grief. Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and nights. No one said a word to Job, for they saw that his suffering was too great for words. Job 2:12–13
These two passages from chapter 2 of Job, both deal with the words we speak. Through the incredible pain of hearing of the death of his family & destruction of his life’s work, Job said nothing wrong. Later, his friends said nothing wrong, because they said nothing at all; not a word. They understood they could not ease his grief by talking. They shared his sorrow by just ‘being there’ with him. In both cases, as time went on, they each said plenty...& much of it was incorrect & displeasing to God. Our natural inclination is to speak out, very often, even when we don’t know what we are talking about, or aren’t absolutely sure we are right. Those who are grieving deeply, don’t need to hear our words, as much as they need to feel our presence. Simply making ourselves available; to listen, to sympathize, to show we care by helping them get through the basic, mundane chores of life...is a much more powerful & godly way way to show them our love & concern.

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