“Tomorrow, if all literature was to be destroyed and it was left to me to retain one work only, I should save Job.” —Victor Hugo, author
The book of Job is part of the wisdom literature of the Old Testament, along with Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon.
Job experienced loss and pain marked by sadness and mourning, but even in the midst of the discouragement and depression, he chose to honor God. In all of our lives, the question is not if we will experience loss and pain and feel sadness, but how will we respond when we do? Job’s example encourages us that even when we don’t understand, God is still in control. Even though we may be tempted to question or doubt, God is still good. And though we experience hardship and challenges, God uses those times to draw us into a more intimate relationship with Himself and reveal Him to us in unexpected ways.
On a list of emotions we try to avoid, sadness often tops the list. Yet not only is feeling sad normal, it’s a gift from God. Sadness prompts us to pray, reminds us that we need others, calls us to be honest with ourselves and God, and creates compassion for others in our hearts.
God invites us to be a comfort to those who are facing difficult circumstances and challenging situations. Over the course of the next week, spend some time reflecting on Galatians 6:2 and 2 Corinthians 1:3–4. Then prayerfully consider a practical way you can be a source of comfort to someone you know who is facing difficult times.
Excerpts from Making Peace with Your Emotions Copyright ©2012 Thomas Nelson; Published in Nashville, Tennessee, by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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