And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. (Job 42:10a)
“If every Christian’s prayer was answered, ‘Yes’,” says the skeptic, “Who would benefit most, the Christian or the seemingly lost world?”
Come to think of it, looking from the outside in, Christianity COULD seem like a pretty self-centered religion. A typical prayer meeting in many churches features a group of people commiserating about their, mostly personal, “problems.” Such spiritual navel gazing is why a recovering addict once told me he prefers AA meetings for their unselfish ambiance.
Anyone who has read the book of Job, knows that the man at the center of the story endures an incredible amount of unjust suffering without blaming God.
However, Job DOES question his Creator,and THAT doesn’t go over well. The following is a summary of God’s response:
Just who do you think you are?God
Thankfully, things improve for Job in the end, as God restores his losses. And the turning point comes when Job takes his eyes off himself and prays for his friends.
Folks I don’t know about you, but in some situations I just haven’t gotten to “when.” And, like Job, my state of affairs isn’t likely to improve in these areas until I do.
Life is full of difficult times, but someone out there has it worse than you do.Admiral William H. McRaven