JOB 6:26 - Berean Lamp Memory Verse - (Dec 4-11)
The Berean Lamp Memory Verse for this week is:
“Do you intend to reprove my words, When the words of one in despair belong to the wind?" (Job 6:26)
We're marching on in our look at grief this week as we continue to ask the question, "should we grieve as Christians?"
In our memory verse above, Job is speaking to his "friends" who claim they are trying to encourage and help him, but really they are taking every emotional word he says as if it is all a theological debate and they desire to correct and arguing with him, not help bear his burdens. This is because some of the words Job has said in his anguish were pretty uncomfortable for his friends to hear - things like, "God has wronged me" (Job 19:6) and "The arrows of the Almighty are within me, their poison my soul drinks" (Job 6:4a).
As they criticize and accuse Job, he takes the time to explain to them that the "words of one in despair belong to the wind." He's referring to the words he's been venting in his anguish - he's referring to emotions here. Job is saying that emotions are like the wind. Wind is nothing - it has no substance or form - it comes and it goes - yet it can knock us down in an instant or carry us away and it can also cause a whirlwind of destruction around us, harming others and tearing up our environment.
Grief and despair are like that. Our emotions can cause a terrific storm and we may say and do things in our extreme grief that shock Believers around us. Like a child in pain, we may even accuse our Heavenly Father. Deep down, we know these things are not true, but it is how we feel in our anguish and grief as pain and death unnaturally enter our lives.
We have in Job and Jeremiah two very good examples of this - both of whom shared in God's Word their extreme grief from the midst of their suffering. By providing their heart-rending testimony to us, God wanted us to know grief is a natural response to the unnatural state of pain and death in our fallen world. It is a response to sin. But He also wants us to see how it all ends. He wants us to see the conclusions after the emotions blow over. As Jeremiah puts it, "This I recalled to my mind...Great is Your faithfulness!" (Lamentations 3:21a-23b) God wants us to see His hope, it exists and it is all in Christ, even if in the moments of despair and grief we cannot see it clearly. When the dust settles, we will recall it to our minds.
May we bear the burdens of those in the midst of life's emotional storms - may we mourn with those who mourn and may we understand that grief is a natural response to the unnatural outcomes of the fallen nature - the pain, sin, death, and separation we experience here on earth until the time our God makes our human choice of sin and rebellion right through the return of Jesus Christ as King over all the earth. Amen!
Other verses to consider:
THE EMOTIONAL TURMOIL OF SUFFERING
“For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, their poison my spirit drinks; The terrors of God are arrayed against me” (Job 6:4).
“Know then that God has wronged me and has closed His net around me. Behold, I cry, ‘Violence!’ but I get no answer; I shout for help, but there is no justice. He has walled up my way so that I cannot pass, and He has put darkness on my paths. He has stripped my honor from me and removed the crown from my head. He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone; And He has uprooted my hope like a tree. He has also kindled His anger against me and considered me as His enemy. His troops come together, and build up their way against me and camp around my tent.” (Job 19:6-12)
“Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. Am I the sea, or the sea monster, that You set a guard over me? If I say, ‘My bed will comfort me, My couch will ease my complaint,’ then You frighten me with dreams and terrify me by visions; So that my soul would choose suffocation, death rather than my pains. I waste away; I will not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.” (Job 7:11-16)
“I am the man who has seen affliction because of the rod of His wrath. He has driven me and made me walk in darkness and not in light. Surely against me He has turned His hand repeatedly all the day. He has caused my flesh and my skin to waste away, He has broken my bones. He has besieged and encompassed me with bitterness and hardship. In dark places He has made me dwell, like those who have long been dead. He has walled me in so that I cannot go out; He has made my chain heavy. Even when I cry out and call for help, He shuts out my prayer. He has blocked my ways with hewn stone; He has made my paths crooked. He is to me like a bear lying in wait, like a lion in secret places. He has turned aside my ways and torn me to pieces; He has made me desolate. He bent His bow and set me as a target for the arrow. He made the arrows of His quiver to enter into my inward parts. I have become a laughingstock to all my people, their mocking song all the day. He has filled me with bitterness, He has made me drunk with wormwood. He has broken my teeth with gravel; He has made me cower in the dust. My soul has been rejected from peace; I have forgotten happiness. So I say, ‘My strength has perished, and so has my hope from the Lord.’" (Lamentations 3:1-18)
ONCE GOD'S FAITHFULNESS IS RECALLED TO MIND
"Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness. Surely my soul remembers and is bowed down within me. This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I have hope in Him.’ The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. It is good that he waits silently for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man that he should bear the yoke in his youth. Let him sit alone and be silent since He has laid it on him. Let him put his mouth in the dust, perhaps there is hope. Let him give his cheek to the smiter, let him be filled with reproach. For the Lord will not reject forever, for if He causes grief, then He will have compassion according to His abundant lovingkindness. For He does not afflict willingly or grieve the sons of men.” (Lamentations 3:19-33)
“I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. ‘Hear, now, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You instruct me.’ I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You; Therefore I retract, and I repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:2-6)
MORE VERSES ON GRIEF
“The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart” (Genesis 6:6).
“So Jacob tore his clothes, and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days. Then all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. And he said, ‘Surely I will go down to Sheol in mourning for my son.’ So his father wept for him” (Genesis 37:24-25).
“How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart all the day? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?” (Psalm 13:2)
“My sorrow is beyond healing, My heart is faint within me!” (Jeremiah 8:18)
“And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed. Then He said to them, ‘My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me’” (Matthew 26:37-38).
“After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored” (Mark 3:5).
“Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy” (John 16:20).
“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13).
“Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain” (Ecclesiastes 1:18).
“I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh” (Romans 9:1-3).
“Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15).
“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven...A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance” (Ecclesiastes 3:4).
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthews 5:4).
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away’” (Revelation 21:3-4).
"Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption" (Ephesians 4:30).
"Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death; for Samuel grieved over Saul. And the Lord regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel" (1 Samuel 15:35).
"How often they rebelled against Him in the wilderness And grieved Him in the desert!" (Psalm 78:40)
"For I said, 'May they not rejoice over me, Who, when my foot slips, would magnify themselves against me.' For I am ready to fall, And my sorrow is continually before me. For I confess my iniquity; I am full of anxiety because of my sin" (Psalm 38:16-18).