Ezra, the next book has no chapter 11, so I will skip this book and also skip Nehemiah. The Book of Job 11:15. For some reason after praying I felt that some soul needed this short reminder that we all have sat in Job’s ashes.
The Book of Job 11:15
15 ‟For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:”
16 ‟Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away:”
In this chapter Job is basically being accused of being a hypocrite and liar by his “friend” Zophar. Here Zophar is telling Job that he needs to confess his sins so that he can “lift up” his face and the he would not remember his misery.
OK, I think Zophar is being a tad judgmental, don’t you? We all have or have had friends such as Zophar. They will tell you what you are or have done wrong, and then they proceed to tell you how to fix it. And to add insult to injury he tells Job that Job will be able to look back and not remember all he has suffered. Oh how everyone has heard that sometime in their life, right?
I know as a woman going into labor, we are told that the pain is just during the labor process and we will forget it once we hold our baby. Here is a tad of sarcasm, yeah right! I still remember my labor pains, I can still remember a lot of pain from other events.
There are times that bad things happen to us and we know not why. That is just the way life is. So what gets us through these times? Hopefully, you said faith. Prayer and praise? Should we ever forget those trials? I think not. Those trials help you grow in grace and should help you grow closer to the Trinity. Each step in life is a step for growth. As a Christian, are we lamenting about what the trial is or are we praising for a chance to grow?