As we continue to look into the book of Job, we have encountered the arrival of Job’s friends (Job 2:11-13). Job had been inflicted with so much physical affliction, scriptures record that his friends did not recognize Job. I must agree that Job’s friends initial intentions were admirable, but that would soon change. These blogs are a febble attempt to search for purpose and encouragement; but my prayer is that the Holy Spirit will unveil truths found through the disciplined study of God’s word.
There are friends in our lives which encounter the physical/emotional struggles of life to the point that we no longer recognize them at first glance. If we are not mindful of our own spiritual health; we can be blinded to the spiritual needs of our friends. I wanted to conitue our study of 2 Timothy 1:7 and the promises that God provides when our thoughts and words seem inadequate. Yesterday I addressed the promise that God does not give us a spirit of fear. Today we will examine the gift of power that God is ready to perform through our obedience.
Our verse of encouragement today is found in 1 Corinthians 2:5. ‘That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” The Apostle Paul was concerned for the souls of men and women in light of the Gospel. Paul certainly was educated among man’s standards (Acts 22:3), but understood the need to be simplistic when sharing the truth. “For I determine not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2). Paul tapped into the power of the Spirit of God to convey the message.
Returning to the passage of Job, we read that no encouragement was shared for a week among Job and his friends. Too often we feel inadequate to share an encouragement with those hurting among us. This is nothing more than our selfishness to demonstrate human wisdom through our conversation. The power of God is not limited to human wisdom, nor is it designed to revealed anything except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. The power of God is supernatural to perform the work it is meant to provide. This is why the Apostle Paul would state: “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for in it is the power of God” (Romans 1:16). As Christians we are given the Spirit of God to reside within us at the moment of salvation. Its function is to comfort and encourage us into a deeper relationship with the Father and the Son. When we place our rest and dependence in God, scriptures promises “that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble with the comfort with which we are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:4).
Seek ways in which God can use you today to extend His peace. This may include include an expression of comfort through a gentle hug and reminder to someone that you are available for them to simply describe their feelings of anxiety and hurt. I am confident that the Holy Spirit will be able to use you in a simple but powerful way. Then you will experience how God will use you to share in love and of a sound mind. More on those promises tomorrow and Thursday. Until then, grace and peace always. .