Proverbs 22:5-6 and the story of Job
Job’s story is one of the most emotionally difficult stories for me to follow and know how to respond to in all of Scripture. Job and his friends ebb and flow through the will of the Lord and their own self-pity more than my mind can track at times. Job suffered far beyond what he could bear to the point that his spirit was utterly broken. His friends poured on contempt and guilt over his life to the point that Job was either fighting against them or against God all throughout the middle of the book. Proverbs says that those corrupt people like Job’s friends walk a thorny path and that it is in our own best interest to avoid them and the path on which they walk . . . I know it might seem hard to stay on the right path and to guide our children to do the same when everything in us and them says that it would be easier to fit in with a world that can seem like home, but the truth is that those roads lead to ruin and are filled with hurt. Fight. Stay on the right path. What we will find is that there are greater rewards in heaven and in the hearts of believers than in the temporary wealth of the world.
In Christ, Bro. Les