每日诗歌: 勸 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJRwvXXBqxI)
虽然我们不大可能会经历约伯那样的苦难，但那些共同的成分 -- 家庭，朋友，痛苦，哀叹，爱，和希望 -- 都是我们每天经历的那称为“生命” 的多彩锦绣的一部分。而拥抱生命意味着拥抱所有这些成分，无论是酸，甜，苦，与辣。最终，只有神能够“指教我们怎样数算自己的日子，好叫我们得着智慧的心”（诗90:12）。愿主借着约伯启迪你有关这生命的意义。
Job 13 [Read]
Job 14 [Read]
Job 15 [Read]
Acts 8:26-40 [Read]
Job 14 marks the end of the 1st round of conversation between Job and his friends. Although the repetition seemed endless in these chapters (4-14), we may sort out patterns which will help us organize our thoughts as we continue with this difficult yet rich book.
Job was in great agony for no apparent reason to him, but none of his friends took that seriously. Instead, they insisted on God’s justice and tried to teach Job about it. Eliphaz was the mild one, whereas Bildad and Zophar were increasingly harsh. Regardless how we feel about them, we should not lose sight of the fact that they all sat with their dear friend for 7 days and 7 nights without saying a word (2:13). I don’t mind having friends like them, for clumsy comforters are much better than indifferent bystanders. That must be why God allowed Job to intercede for them (42:7-9).
Job’s answer to his friends typically began with counter arguments against his friends (Job 6, 9, 12) and, then, ended with bitter comments about his own existence followed by lament on brevity of life (Job 7, 10, 13-14). After reading repeated responses like that, our sympathy may wear thin. Therefore, it’s important to put this in perspective by remembering how much Job had lost and suffered up to this point. I for one would not have done any better. With that in mind, we may then appreciate his honesty in talking to God. I believe God honors such a sincere heart (42:17).
Even with all those depressing thoughts and self-righteous rebukes, there were sparks of God’s love (10:11) and hope (14:13-15). The latter was sandwiched between 2 sections of lament, which made it even more amazing to see Job hold on to that glimpse of hope in God’s kindness and renewal (10:14). That should bring encouragement to those of us who are suffering right now. Indeed, there is always hope.
Although none of us will likely go through what Job went through, the common ingredients – family, friends, sufferings, lament, love, and hope – are all part of the rich tapestry called “life” we go through each day. Embracing life means embracing all those ingredients, be it sour, sweet, bitter, and hot. At the end, only God can “teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Ps 90:12). May the Lord enlighten you about life with Job.
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