Jesus too wants to help us. Jesus challenges us beyond imagination:
* Love me above everything and everyone
* Don’t worry about your life, or food, clothing, shelter, or anything else
* Love your enemies –
* I mean really love them – and even pray for and bless them.
* They hate me, so they’ll hate you too – if you really follow me.
* Go, sell all that you have and give the money to the poor.
* Whoever tries to save their life will loose it.
* Whoever looses their life for my sake will find it.
* Take up your cross and follow me.
“Remember, I am with you always…”
And one of your church kids reminded us Sunday, when asked if we are alone in our valleys, “No, Jesus and the other disciples are with you.” Indeed. We are supposed to be here for each other – which means speaking when we have a need. It means being available and willing to put our own stuff aside for a moment to listen. It means making some personal sacrifices as a way of sharing others’ burdens. It means going without what we want, so that others can get what they need.
In life’s valleys we learn to do these things, trusting that God will see that it all evens out in the end. It also doesn’t mean going without what we need to provide others what they want – BUT, Jesus does say to seek His kingdom and righteousness first, and our needs will be met by His provision.
Job had a series of terrible tragedies come his way. His story has been told for 3000 years because in we find our own stories. From it we learn how to live more faithfully before God.
8/2 ~ Learning to trust God – Job 1:1-2:10
8/9 ~ Learning to accompany other – Job 2:11-13
8/16 ~ Learning to assess self – Job 26-31, esp. 30:15-31
8/23 ~ Learning to proclaim faith – Job 32-37, esp. 33
8/30 ~ Learning to know God – Job 38-42, esp. 42:1-6