Job And Us

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!


Job 35:16

So Job opens his mouth with empty talk; without knowledge he multiplies words.


The young man, Elihu, not part of “The Big 3 So-Called Friends Of Job,” said a volume in one verse. He said that all of Job’s complaints against God were in vain, and every time he complained, he talked more and more and complained more and more. What’s really being said here is that God is fair, and if He gave us what we deserved, we’d all be dead right now.


I almost titled this little devotional, “talk talk talk!” How many times have you complained to a close friend, or spouse, or sibling, about something you felt they had hurt you concerning, and when you started complaining, you couldn’t stop? You started, and before you knew it, you were saying more, more, more, and more words! Before you knew it, they were gone, and you were still talking! I can honestly say that I’ve done that. You start with the complaint, and it’s just talk, talk, and talk some more after that. About three years ago, I was in a text conversation with someone, and HE mentioned something that had happened to ME that I thought was unfair. When he asked me, I just started in. I talked and talked and talked about what had happened and how unfair I thought it was. When I was finished, I asked him what he thought about it. He said, “I wouldn’t worry about it that much, Rich.” Boom! That’s it! That’s all he said. I had no other argument! He didn’t see it my way. When I read this young man’s word to Job, I can relate. Instead of this being a word to Job only, it really should be a word to “Job And Us.” I’m pretty sure all of us have said more than we need to in the past. Jesus, help us all!


Dear Jesus,

I’m sorry I’ve said too much too many times. Help me, Lord, to close my mouth and take it and move on by Your grace. Amen

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