“In the past you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak. Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees. But now when trouble strikes, you lose heart. You are terrified when it touches you. Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope? Job 4:3-6
When a believer is weary from a spiritual battle there is nothing worse than a religious person quoting Scripture with no anointing and no compassion. Injured soldiers do not need self-righteous assessments of their wounds and scars. Yet that is what many believers receive from their spiritual friends. These friends think they are giving a Word from the Lord. Job’s friends became his tormentors as they erroneously explained why Job was going through his trials.
“…the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends, because you have not spoken of Me what is right.. Job 42:7. Sometimes people are in a bad place because God allowed them to go there. This is not to be confused with the fallacy that God makes us suffer to teach us something. Sickness, poverty and death are not the tools of our loving Heavenly Father.
Friend or Tormentor? by Monica C. Holland _ Part 2 coming this week.
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