Joy in the Pity Parties of Life

"Whatever happens, I will be found guilty. So what's the use of trying? Even if I were to wash myself with soap and clean my hands with lye, you would plunge me into a muddy ditch and my own filthy clothing would hate me." Job 9:29-31 NLT

Wow! Have you ever felt like Job does in these verses? I must admit, I've had some pretty big pity parties in my day. I'm surprised you didn't receive an invitation!

That's where we find Job in this passage of scripture--feeling sorry for himself. He is in a pitiful state. Job has lost his children, his business, his health, his wealth, and he feels completely and utterly hated by the world.

You can imagine the scene today. All of Job's good Christian friends sitting in judgment of him--wondering what he really did wrong. The pews probably parted when he came to take his seat in the church. Why, Job's own wife told him to "curse God and die." Ouch!

Job feels as though even God himself has turned aside and hates him. Do you ever feel that way?

The Bible tells us in Romans 8:39, "neither height nor depth, nor anything in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." That's the kind of love that surpasses all pity parties--even Job's, and even yours!

May you know this kind of love in and through the pity parties of life, and may you have the best week you've ever had in your life.


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