With Friends like these, I’d hate to see my enemies…

Job 12:5 Those who are comfortable don’t care that others have trouble; 
they think it right that those people should have troubles.

It struck me this morning just how much like Job’s friends I have been over the years… There’s a deep seeded belief system in so many of us that wants to explain suffering and pain in the most simple and complete way and often in the process, we blatantly yet unconsciously exhibit the very same condescending feelings to suffering people around us just as Job’s “friends” did.

The reality is that if we live long enough… pain and suffering will be part of our life journey… Is pain or suffering often a result of sinful choices? Sometimes… but to categorically place suffering in this limited perspective leaves us with a simple answer… but not an answer that can be applied in all situations. Bad things happen to good people… people who haven’t blatantly sinned or rejected God… people like you and me…

As I read the story of Job this morning, I realized that my feelings about finding the simple answer are tied to my hope that if I live good enough that bad things won’t happen to me…. and if I can explain all the bad things that happen to others around me in the box of their own personal sin and choices, then my belief can remain intact… What it really shows is my lack of compassion for people when I think this way…

Let’s strive to be a friend, a neighbor, a person, who doesn’t first look to protect our own thinking about suffering, but looks through the eyes of compassion and love and reaches a hand to help…

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  1. Very well said. This reminds me of what Mr. Tom is going through. I am perplexed at all of the rationalizations being made. Sometimes we are not meant to understand everything, just meant to love and comfort others during times such as these. Thanks Barry.