“My spirit is broken” said Job. (Job 17:1)
He said that after losing seven beloved sons and three cherished daughters. He said that after he lost everything he owned, was gutted of all position and respect from his peers, and was left alone and misunderstood by even his bride of decades.
He said it while his body ached, his mind reeled for answers, and his heart felt both empty and worn.
He said it while his eyes cried tears of pain intermingled with tears of grief.
God says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” (Ps 51:17)
At the time when Job felt furthest from everything and everyone; he was closer than had ever been to being who God wanted him to be. The answers to the deepest questions sometimes are found in the darkest valleys.
Job thought his best days were past (Job 17:11), but God knew better.
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