Bitter or Better? (Ps 17:3) by Dr. Rich Reich

01 Oct Bitter or Better? (Ps 17:3) by Dr. Rich Reich

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). LeadersGuest AuthorsLIFE Minute radio.

You have tested my heart, searched it in the night.  You have tried me by fire, but find no malice in me.” ~ Ps 17:3 (full readings)

Rich’s Reflections:  The first reading today speaks about Job who lost everything that was precious to him in one day.  Satan thought Job would blaspheme God as a result, but instead he blessed God’s name (Jb 1:21).  In contrast, Jonah, who was put through a smaller dose of adversity, responded with anger towards God and pity towards himself (Jon 4:9).  Job reacted to suffering with grace and humility, giving honor to God, while Jonah reacted with self-centered anger and blamed God.  What causes the difference in their response to hardship?  One possibility is the absence of malice (Ps 17:3).  Jonah harbored malice towards the people of Ninevah, and could not let go of that bitterness.  Job, on the other hand, was a blameless and upright man (Jb 1:1).  During tough times, both men reacted from what was in their heart.  What is in your heart?  Lord, help me to remove bitterness from my heart and forgive others.  Amen.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the LIFE Group Devotions and the National LIFE Runners Team.  He is married to Erica and lives in Satellite Beach, FL.  Full bio.

Faith Challenge:  During difficult times, do you honor or blame God?  Your reaction to suffering may be rooted in what is in your heart.  Discard malice and embrace forgiveness.

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