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Job: A Perspective on Suffering - What Are Friends For? (Part 1 - Job 2:11-13) - Corey Cornutt

Posted on June 4, 2017

Word for the Week - June 4, 2017

We frequently hear people in our day who have no interest in spiritual matters, without realizing they are doing so, refer to scripture.  When people step up to help someone with some physical need, we often hear them called “Good Samaritans.”  Someone who plays the role of traitor or backstabber may be referred to as a “Judas.”  An individual who endures a seemingly endless string of difficulties may be said to have “the patience of Job.”

Our word for the week is “patience” (with its corollary “gratitude”).  Few of us are called upon to display the degree of patience that Job exhibited in the face of tragedy upon tragedy, and this with little encouragement from his wife and three closest “friends,” but all of us face challenges of our own.  We are generally not encouraged to compare ourselves with others, for this often results in something of a judgmental spirit coming to the surface; however, sometimes we may be well served to consider the difficulties that others face when contemplating an attitude of self pity in our own experience.

A number of years ago, Lynn and I served as volunteers in the Texas State Open Golf Tournament.  It was our job to help the tournament players find their golf balls when they found their way into the trees and rough (something, I must confess, they did not experience with quite the frequency that I do).  There were 156 players in the tournament and, by mid-afternoon of the first day after 9-10 hours on our feet, Lynn and I began complaining of fatigue.  About a half hour later, we noticed the next group on the tee box and saw one of the players had only one leg.  He wore no prosthesis, somehow managing to balance on one leg while hitting golf shots far beyond my own skill level.  Lynn and I immediately made eye contact; her eyes were filled with tears and, I must confess, mine were also a bit misty.  We discovered that the fatigue in our legs and feet we had only a few minutes earlier complained about suddenly seemed quite insignificant.

Bill