I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you… Job 42:1-17 Why didn’t God instruct Job’s friends to offer sacrifice on Job’s behalf sooner? They claimed to know God. They had the means. Throughout all this time, why was it not impressed upon their heart to help their friend, their colleague? Job’s suffering was not his test alone. His friends were being tested as well and they failed. They were blind and judgmental. The little his friends did offer was to appease their own conscious. It’s easy to be thankful when you have everything you could want or need. It’s easy to claim grace and mercy when at every turn there’s a benefactor. What happens when even the things you need become scarce and help from those who claim to walk in love are no where to be found? What then will the ears hear and the eyes see? Who will prove to you that God has not forgotten your faith? Even as our hope grows thin and our faith seems to wane, our relationship with God is still our most valuable asset in this journey. For when others forget, it is the heart that is within us and seeks after God that will sustain our every step.
I will never forget your commandments because by them you give me life. Psalm 119:93 For he shall deliver the poor who cries out in distress, and the oppressed who has no helper. Psalm 72:12