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B Moments, comfort

How Do You Comfort Those in Need?

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about the best way to bring comfort to another.

Recently, we’ve been studying Job, a man of great character and wealth who was tested by Satan. God told Satan that he could take everything away from Job, but he couldn’t take his life. Because of this, Job lost his possessions, his children, and even his good health. Yet with all of those afflictions, he still would not curse God.

One day, Job’s three friends came to comfort him. When they visited him, they were shocked at his terrible condition. The Scriptures say they sat with him for seven days and seven nights in total silence.

Then the first friend, likely with the best intentions, started to speak. His idea of comforting Job was to give him an explanation as to why he was suffering. He told Job that he was suffering because he had sinned and that he needed to go to God to ask for forgiveness.

The second friend also spoke up and told him that he was in that situation because he had not admitted his sins. Then the third friend said that God was using Job’s suffering to mold him and to train him. While there might be a hint of truth to what Job’s friends said, their ideas were based on the wrong assumptions.

Sometimes when we want to comfort another person, we give them explanations about their lives. However, we don’t know what is really going on; only God knows. It is in these times that we just need to bring comfort in the form of a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, a good laugh, and a good prayer.

Here are some comforting words to share with a person who is in need: “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

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So today, bring comfort the right way.

B Moments, test

Are You Passing the Test?

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: James 1:12 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I have a question: Are you passing the test?

I thought of this question as I was studying in the book of Job. Job was a man of great character and wealth. He had 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, many servants, and ten children he prayed for regularly.

One day, Satan appeared before God after he had roamed the earth. God asked Satan if he had seen his servant Job. God described Job as a blameless and upright man who turned away from evil.

However, Satan said that Job was only that way because God had blessed him and put a hedge around all of his possessions. Satan said that if God were to take it all away, Job will surely curse Him. So, the Lord told Satan that he could take all that Job possessed.

In the first chapter, Satan took Job’s property and children. The Scriptures say that one messenger came up from the south to tell Job about the loss of his property. Then, while the first messenger was still speaking, another messenger arrived, this time from the north, to tell him about the tragic loss of his children.

Job was getting tragic news from all directions and was surely being tested. The good news is that Job passed his test, and everything in his life was restored to an even better state than before.

The same can be true for you. The question is, are you passing today’s test? If you need words to inspire you, hold onto these: “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 (ESV)

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So today, pass your test.

B Moments, answers

You Don’t Need the Answers to Pass the Test

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Psalm 46:10 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today, I am thinking about those times when we don’t have all the answers.

Recently, we talked about Job, a man of great character and wealth who always turned away from evil. One day, Satan told God that Job was only so faithful because God had blessed him with so much and put a hedge around all his possessions. So, God allowed Satan to take everything away from Job.

Hoping that Job would eventually curse God, Satan took away his possessions, his children, and even his good health. Yet under these horrific conditions, Job refused to curse God. In other words, Job passed the test.

However, as I look more closely at the passage, I also see that Job operated with a lot of unknowns. He had no idea about the conversation God had with Satan. He was being tested while he was in the dark.

Sometimes we are inclined to place a logical spin on things, such as when we believe things are happening to punish us for our sins. Yet that wasn’t the case with Job because God described him as a blameless and upright man.

In some instances, we can’t just draw a dotted line between the cause and effect of events in our lives. Things can happen in our lives just because God allows them to happen. The question is, how will you respond when something unfavorable happens and you have no explanation for it?

Let us be encouraged because when Job was unfaithful in the dark, God restored everything to him even better than before. Furthermore, situations like this allow our faith to be cultivated. When we’re in times like this, let us cling to these few words: “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 (ESV)

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So today, trust God—even when you have no answers.

B Moments, intervene

God Still Hasn’t Come to My Rescue

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Romans 8:28 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God could intervene, but He hasn’t.

We started the week talking about enduring what feels like unfair treatment by others. Today, we’re exploring what it feels like when the “unfair treatment” is coming from God.

All throughout the Bible, we’ve seen the hand of God take charge and turn around some of the most catastrophic situations—sometimes with only moments to go. For example, when He parted the Red Sea and the Israelites escaped Pharaoh’s army just in the nick of time. We also see God time and again extend His merciful hand to the sinful.

Yet it seems as though God’s hand remained still when it came to Job, a man whom God himself acknowledged as the finest man on earth but still allowed to suffer on so many levels.

You might wonder how God can divinely intervene for others, and yet, as faithful as you have been, remain so passive in a situation close to you. You may even be tempted to tell God that He’s being unfair.

However, it is important to remember two things. First, we should be encouraged that God is always at work. Even when it feels like His position is a passive one, He’s always working.

Second, in the case of Job, God was using his suffering for a higher purpose. The same is true for you. What feels like unfair treatment today is serving a higher purpose for your tomorrow.

Let us be encouraged as we hold onto this timeless verse: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (ESV)

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So today, know that it’s all for your good.