August 4 – Blessed by God’s Intimate Friendship

Job looked back on his good life, the time before his intense suffering. Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house, when the Almighty was still with me and my children were around me…”  Job lived a righteous life and he used his wealth and influence to care for his family and care for the needy people in his community.  He recalled how he was highly respected among people of authority. When they heard me, they blessed me, and when they saw me, they spoke well of me. For I rescued the poor man who cried out for help, and the fatherless child who had no one to support him. The dying man blessed me, and I made the widow’s heart rejoice. I clothed myself in righteousness, and it enveloped me; my just decisions were like a robe and a turban.” Job will learn that God had not left him, but certainly those long days of testing were very hard. Remember, God is with us always.  In all times, in all places, He is there. Remain faithful.  If it helps, think about Job.

Job 29:4-5 NIV; Job 29:11-14 HCSB