Job’s friend Eliphaz responds to Job’s grief over his losses: “Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Where were the upright ever destroyed? As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it. At the breath of God they perish; at the blast of his anger they are no more.”
Job 4:7-9 NIV
“You just need to be more positive.” “God is testing you. You need to have more faith.” “Don’t worry. It will all be fine.” “You just need to get over it.” A well-intentioned person makes light of your grief, gives advice that is hurtful or places blame on you during a gut-wrenching trial, compounding your upheaval. Isaiah states it well: “All the counsel you have received has only worn you out.”
During our darkest hours our Heavenly Father longs to be our first source of comfort and refuge. He provides shelter, wisdom and rest man cannot comprehend.
“Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power. The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”
Proverbs 8:14, 18:10 NIV🚦
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