2 Corinthians 4:8-9New International Version (NIV)
8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
I am still stuck on my friend in turmoil. I trust God to handle the situation, but I want to help too. It is so easy to say that God has this and turn away from a hard situation. But maybe God has led me to this test of loyalty to help me grow.
My prayers have been asked and answered so I do I repeat them? Because I need the reassurance that comes from repetition. My friend will find healing, I am sure of it. It is just so hard to sit back and let the time of healing take place. However, that is what God is wanting me to do during this time. She needs time to heal and then time to listen. I can’t rush God or her. I must be available without an attitude. I must comfort without confrontation. I must love without limits. It’s hard!
I have found that every time I try to “fix” someone or their situation, I become a part of the problem. Like Job’s three friends, my helpful platitudes hinder healing instead of helping it. I need to remember that they were silent for seven days and nights before they opened their big mouths and let their ignorance flow.
11 When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him. 12 When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads. 13 Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.
Sometimes God flows through us when we close our mouths to our own wisdom and open our hearts to God’s.
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