MONDAY AUGUST 03, 2020
TOPIC: RELIEVING THE OPPRESSED
KEY VERSE: “But Job answered and said, How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength?” (JOB 26:1, 2).
A brother was preparing for marriage, and many unsavoury things just kept on happening to him. He lost his job and his attempt to get accommodation was like a camel passing through the eye of a needle. After some protracted struggles, he managed to raise some money for the marriage. On the set date, as he was going for the ceremony, he was attacked and stripped of all the cash he was going with. He came back with tales of woes and most of the brethren concluded that he must have been living in secret sin to have experienced such calamities which is not befitting of a true child of God. This is similar to the experience of Job. His three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar, who came initially to comfort him later turned out to accuse him of wrong doings which they believed caused his afflictions. Our reaction when a brother or sister is going through intense trials, persecution, sickness, bereavement, extreme poverty, etc., is very important. We are to weep with them that weep by being an encouragement and support to them. We must not be like the three friends of Job who became accusers instead of comforters. Do not do anything to add to their pains and sufferings. Isolating them because of what they are going through will be the most unkind and uncharitable thing to do. Let us be there for them in their trying times and together we shall rejoice when the sunshine of victory breaks forth for them.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:Encourage the discouraged, strengthen the weak.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: EZRA 7-10