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Annually on July 24
If I say, 'I will forget my complaint, I will change my expression, and smile,' I still dread all my sufferings, for I know you will not hold me innocent. (Job 9:27, 28)
Job wanted to desperately smile despite his misery, yet he knew that it was not going to be a "smile because of true joy" but a "smile that momentarily hid his pain"
Interestingly; behind many a smile hides many sorrows. You experience it at some time or the other in this life that we live on earth.
Job had tried to prove himself innocent before God. He had no lawyer, so he argued his case with his friends and with the Almighty.
It didn't seem to be working though.
It is easy figuring things out when all is going well for the believer. Then comes a time when things go wrong and you can't figure out anything. There will be no dearth of advice though, yet nothing will work till God holds out the golden scepter.
Job finally was set free from his misery not because of his arguments, but because God's time of deliverance had arrived.
The Bible says,
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; (Psalm 103:13)
The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. (Psalm 116:5)
How’s the situation now? Too late you may say, as Mary and Martha said when Jesus came to Bethany to raise up Lazarus. Hang on..Just hang on..Deliverance may just be around the corner, so hang on to the faith that you have left, even though it may be as fragile as a single strand of thread. Don't give up.
Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian