Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading –Thursday December 8, 2022

Theme: Casting All Our Burden On The Lord

Text: “Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”. James 5:11.

Comment: The misfortune that befell Job came in quick succession. He lost 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen and 500 she-asses as well as the deaths of his ten children –  all in one day. Besides, he was plagued by sore boils all over his body, all at the instance of Satan the Devil. (Job 1:3,13-19; Job 2:1-10) The grief of Job was truly great to the extent that his three friends who came to comfort him could not utter a word to him for good seven days and seven nights. (Job 2:11-13) Job’s wife who ought to be a source of comfort to him surprisingly told him “Cause God and die”. – Job 2:9.


Despite his heart-rending misfortunes, Job expressed his belief that it is God Almighty Who would grant him the things he longed for. He said: “Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!”. (Job 6:8) Howbeit, the later end of Job was more blessed than the beginning such that he was blessed with double of what he had before except the number of his children which remained the same. (Job 42:12-17) As worshippers of God, we should commit our cause to God and He will grant us that which we desire. – Job 5:8; Psalm 37:3-5.

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