One of biggest obstacles to keeping our feet on the Jesus Path is the negative actions and intentions of others; especially among those we trust. It’s not difficult to understand a blooming resentment when you are left always to initiate, always to listen (but rarely be heard), always to have your heart used or neglected. Calling yourself a Believer doesn’t help when you know you are being abused.
The lesson we take from Job is that even after his amazing confession (see verse below) he was not Fit to Start his recovery back into grace – until God forced him to address the fractured relationships in his life… that’s right… to pray for the Three Friends who had abandoned and ridiculed him in his time of need. Only after he faced himself and concluded he was broken before God; only then could he acknowledge the wrongdoers in his life were as broken as he. Only then could he pray for them, the very ones who spoke savage words to him. Only then was Job fit to start back along his spiritual path. The principle for us is that we must forgive, accept and pray for the very ones who mangle our lives before we are offered the deep healing and visceral protection of the Lord.
Key Bible Verse
I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye sees You;
Therefore I retract, and I repent in dust and ashes…
The lessons from Chapter 42 can be life changing. The spiritual work we must undertake can be expressed in the following:
- We need to declare God as our Sovereign
- We need to repeat His lessons back to Him
- We need to do the spiritual work to become fit
- We need not blame God
- The hard work begins when we “get right”
- The Lord is freed to work once we are Fit to Start
I trust you will watch the video to better understand how this is expressed in practice. Thank you for taking time to visit Restart and to read these words. As I write them, I am praying the Good God enriches you on your journey. God Bless You!