(October 20, 2014)
I see it as very instructive that Job spent the first parts of the book lamenting his circumstances and calling upon God to either take his life or bring him justice. But after speaking with him, the Lord tells Job to pray for his friends. It is only then – only when Job sets aside his own suffering and seeks out Divine assistance for those who oppressed him – that he was healed. I think that this is something that we should all remember. I wonder how many times my wounds stayed open, painful, and fresh because I would not pray for the healing of those who had wounded me (maliciously or accidentally)?