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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 17 · 2 years ago

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Hello and welcome to read Your Bible devotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds. We are reading through the Bible in a year. This daily devotional will help keep your heart in mind and God's word. Use your phone to download and listen to Pastor Brad Reynolds Audio podcast. You can find a RSS feed link on our website, www dot do bery baptist clarksbridgecom. Toughen up, buttercup. When you hear that you think about telling someone who got a little minor injury to toughen up. If you ever known someone like that, someone that has a little minor inner injury but they complain or exact exaggerated. I have with me today rubbing alcohol. This is my goat. I grew up in my dad...

...was kind of tough and every time we had a little injury and say toughen up buttercup. Quick Crime and if we skin ourselves, well, we need a poor alcohol on it and it would burn. I have children that I do the same thing. Interesting now we take what our parents did. We say I'll never do that and then we end up doing it's all I have my children come in and I'll say, oh, we got to kill the germs. Lay Down there now, pour that alcohol and help. Scream. Well, quick, quick, will blow on it. Toughen up Butter Cup. A lot of times we think that there are some people who exaggerate their pain. All The Times. We see someone and they're going through what they believe is a life crushing trial, and then we compare it to someone who maybe being persecuted there for their faith, but someone who's maybe tortured to death...

...for their faith, someone who may be rape, someone who goes through a much more difficult trial, and we look at the other person complaining about their minor trial and we think, toughen up Butter Cup. And if we're not careful, we can be insensitive, if we're not careful, we can miss what's really going on in their souls. We could miss maybe the trial they're really having, of which this other trial is just a minor elms. That's exactly what happened in the book of Joe. We're in Joe Chapter Five, verse, through Chapter Five, through Chapter Seven, and today specifically will be in Chapter Five, verse four and Chapter Six, one through ten. You, I really don't know the pain others are in. When we look at them and hear their stories. It might seem minor to us, but we don't know the additional suffering that they may be experiencing, suffering they can't put...

...into words. Their pain truly may be torturous to them and it may seem like world war three to them, even though it seems minor to us. People are made differently and we would do well to recognize such. Some of us have high physical pain tolerance and some do know do not. We were made differently. Some have high emotional pain tolerance, so may not. Some have high spiritual pain tolerance and some do not. Some have a combination of the three and some do not. The point is it would be wise to recognize that we don't know what others are truly experiencing, because we are not others and we're not made like them. A lesson that job's freend should have learned, as he demonstrated incredible insensitivity by not placing himself in jokes shoes nor...

...trying to understand what jove's real struggle was. Job Chapter Five, Verse Four. His sons are far from safety. They are even oppressed in the gate and there is no deliver. This was one of job's friends speaking. Now, job chapter six, then job answered. Oh that my grief were actually weighed and laid in the balances to gather with my calamity for the end, it would be heavier than the sand of the seas. Therefore, my words have been rash, for the arrows of the Almighty are within me. Their poison my spirit drinks. The terrors of God are arrayed against me. Does the wild donkey bray over his grass, or does the ox low over his father? Can something tasteless be eaten without soul? Or is there any taste...

...in the white of an egg? My soul refuses to touch them. They are like loathsome food to me. Oh that my requests might come to pass and that God would grant my longing. Would that God were willing to crush me, that he would loose his hand and cut me off. But it is still my consolation, and I rejoice in unsparing pain that I've not denied the words of though the one. If one is to understand the book of Job, one must first understand that these first three friends of jobs believed in a works salvation. They believed in a Prosperity Gospel. They believed if you did good, then good would come to you and you'd never have trials. They believe that if you did good, then God would bound to have to save you, that God was bound to have to bless you. They believed in this work salvation and this Prosperity Gospel that is going to lay the foundation...

...for a lot of their conversations with Joe. Joe, you must have seen because there's problems in your life. Job. You must have seen because your children die. Job, you must have seen. It's a work salvation and a Prosperity Gospel. This is the key to grasping why some of the words they share are incredibly accurate, because we do republic self, and yet incredibly inaccurate because the underlying philosophy of a work salvation is wrong. Further job himself is struggling when God allows the good to seller, and it is the struggle that God will ultimately give him an answer. So keep that in mind as we read through the book of Job. It's a book of conversations, the Book of conversation from Chapter Three on between Joe and his friends until we get...

...to chapter thirty eight, and then between job and God. And so as you read this you'll see one of them job's friends says something to him, another one says something to him, job says something back and there's this dialog and they're trying to fit God into their mind of who God is. Even job does that. And then God shows up after months and months of silence. He has a conversation with Joe. He tells Joe who he is. In Chapter Five we have an incredibly insensitive comment made by one of job's friends, ELIFA has. ELIFA has is not speaking of job at all. He speaking of the wicked. He's come along, but he makes his statement his children, the wicked, are far from safety. How unbelievably insensitive. Job's...

...children have died and Eliphas comes along and he's just talking the philosophies that he's been taught all his life and without even thinking about job's children, who are dead, he said, and speaking of the wicked, his children are far from safety. One of the most difficult trials job was in was the loss of his children. His heart was wrench because his children were gone. And he in comes out of fast, who, in his hates to impart self, impressed wisdom, makes a comment which, while not attending to be offensive, was incredibly offensive. Because he wasn't sensitive to the situation. Hellifas will ramble on about the fool and the wicked, which he argues that jove is not such, but as he rambles on, he mentions the fools children being...

...harmed and crushed. Such insensitivity arises when, instead of listening, one makes assumptions and jumps to offer advice which was never asked for in the first place. It might be better people are suffering that, instead of offering advice and jumping to conclusions, we recognize that, while we might not understand their pain, it is real. We might not recognize why are they complaining about such a minor issue, but to them that pain is real. Sometimes our best response to those who are suffering, suffering should not be toughen up buttercut, but rather to listen with empathy, recognizing that their trial, which may seem somewhat trivial to us, as real to the youth and our self impressed wisdom,...

...might not be as relevant as we think. In job six, actually job reveals his real concern. His friends were for focused on the circumstances. Well, here's why this happen, and here's why this happened, and here's why this happened. Had they been listening to job, they would have realized job's concern wasn't his physical suffer and as painful as the loft of his children was, that wasn't his real concern. That was just a symptom of his fear that he had become God's enemy. That's what he says there in chapter six. He recognizes that God is in control of all things. He also recognizes that God is allowing him to suffer and God is silent. He concludes.

Job Wrongly concludes that the warrior God has turned his sights on job and shot arrows at him. That's dipped in poison. Chapter six, verse four we just read. He conclude he has become God's enemy, and this is what's troubling Joe. This is what's breaking job's heart, even more than the loss of his own children, the thought that he had become God's enemy, and such a thought should break our arts. But as friends, they're not listening and they're speaking past the truth and past job's pain. They don't understand job's real struggle because they're not listening, and such insensitivity is wrong. The next time I'm tempted to make lie of someone in a trial, because I...

...think the trial is trivial. It might prove helpful if I'll stop and listen. Listen, because the apparent suffering may not be the story. And secondly, if I'll stop and realize that their pain is real to the ill. I may think about their pain and think, you know, that's that's not that painful, but it's real to them. When I pour this alcohol my children, the pain's real. I know in my head it's going to go away in a few seconds, but to the M in that moment that's a real stinging pain. And if I would just maybe take a cute tip and DAB in a little bit and blow on it and soften it a little bit,...

...maybe then I can show more empathy when they're really hurting. Perhaps that would be a good lesson for you and I to learn. When others come to us in our hurting, maybe let's just soften up our wise words and little bit and listen and empathize with well, another wonderful lesson from the book of Job. We're continuing to make our way through it. Tomorrow will be in Job Chapter Eight through chapter ten. You can go ahead and read on ahead. I look forward to seeing you there. Let me close us in prayer. Other thank you for reminding me to be more sensitive. Thank you for reminding me that you've made us all different and some have higher pain tolerance in some areas than others, and that's okay. You created US different. Mother, I put all the sensitive image will be an encouragement and a truth rather than the time of friends. We pray this in Jesus. Thank you...

...for being with us today.

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