Job 12:5 “Those who are at ease have contempt for misfortune as the fate of those whose feet are slipping.”
In December 2017 I wrote this:
“Convicting verse from my Bible Study this morning. Things that God spoke to me about it:
- This is a bit of why He may allow suffering in life, even when it doesn’t seem deserved – He needs people to be in tune with those who need to hear of Him in their suffering.
- I need to make time to be there for those who are suffering and slipping.
When I look back on my life, I do find that some of my sweetest memories are when I gave up my comfort and joined in the suffering of my friends, family and at times, strangers.
How about you?”
Back to the present:
I have spent the last month encouraging a friend whose feet had slipped and was heading for misfortune. I gave up fun outings, a fun side-hustle, sleep, home-cooked meals – though the cafeteria food has actually been pretty good, and have spent a ton of money in gas as this friend lives a bit of a distance away from me.
But this friend is no longer heading for misfortune. Oh, there may be a price or two to pay for previous missteps, but they will be minor. Will this friend repeat the pattern again? I hope not, but it is very possible. And will I be there for them then, too? Yes.
Are you feeling bored with life? Don’t create drama, but look for someone who is struggling and join them in their journey to victory.
Celebrations are always sweeter after a strenuous battle!