Job 3:11 Wanting To Die

Suffering pain

“Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb? Job 3:11 

Suffering pain and trouble is one thing that most people do not want to have to go through. People will go to great lengths to avoid any type of pain or suffering. Billions of dollars every year are spent on medicines to alleviate pain caused by sickness, injury or just natural parts of life.

There are many who, when things go bad and they are suffering greatly, curse the day they were born. They wish that they had never been born. It is common for many to begin to think about suicide is the way out. Some will go through with it. All they can see is suffering and pain with no hope of anything different.

With all of his loss, Job began to feel that way. He began to curse the day he was born. He began to question why he was born, just to go through tremendous suffering and pain.

Although Job never blames or curses God, he begins to share his heart with God. Questioning why things were happening as they were.

Times have not changed since Job. People still go through great suffering. Not just people in this world who don’t believe in God, but believers will also go through times of pain and suffering and loss. Homes will be lost, lives will be lost, health will be lost, and more will be lost.

Believers will have questions about what is going on and why. But they should never curse God or give up on God. There is still hope.

You will have times of great trouble, pain and suffering. The amount you must go through and what you will go through will be different each time, and often different than what others are going through, but it will still be difficult.

As you are going through a trial in this life, remember that God is still with you, loves you and will never leave you. God is also still in control of everything that is happening in your life and there is a purpose for it.

Do not give up on God or life. There will come an end to the suffering and pain.

God brought you into this world for a purpose, to have fellowship with Him and be His witness to this world. This can be done through the good and bad times. Hold on to God for strength and comfort in your suffering.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will trust God’s control; that you will lean on God for strength; that you will know God’s love for you; and that God will give you strength through the suffering. 

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2 Samuel 16:10 Don’t Take Offense

Forest path

But the king said, “What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the LORD said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who can ask, ‘Why do you do this?’ ” 2 Samuel 16:10 

Taking offense at what someone says is a very common reaction among many people. People do not like when someone else says something negative to them or about them.

In the process of taking offense, it is common to say or do something back to the person. When a person curses or bad-mouths another person, the common reaction is to curse or bad-mouth him right back. Some will resort to physical fighting or injury. Those with money, will take the person to court suing him for defamation of name or character.

While many think that this is just common among children, it is also very common among adults.

As David was traveling along, a man, from Saul’s family line, came out and started throwing rocks towards David and cursing him. Some of David’s men wanted to kill the man for his disrespect towards David. Yet, David turned away from the man and said leave him alone. He said that the man may have been speaking upon the command of God. He would not take offense against the man for his actions or words.

The action that David said, was what Jesus had said years later, to love one’s enemy and not curse them and to turn the cheek when struck.

Some believers are very quick, as the world is, to take offense and strike back when cursed. They want to sue the enemy or fellow believer who did them wrong. This is not showing the love of God to their enemies, but the hateful heart of this world.

If someone is cursing you, God could be using that person to build some character in your life. Teaching you to turn the other cheek or to love the enemy.

How you react will show what type of person you are. You can stoop down to the world’s ways and take offense, striking back, or you can be the bigger person, like Jesus, and love the person, ignoring the remarks or actions.

Taking the time to take offense does not help anyone. It is only wasting time on some small event, that will quickly pass.

Take time today to show love and not take offense at someone’s words or actions towards you.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you and your enemies; that God will strengthen you to turn the other cheek; that God will strengthen you to make the right choice in dealing with the enemy; and that the world will see God’s love in you.

2 Samuel 16:11-12 Ignoring The Curses Of Others

David then said to Abishai and all his officials, “My son, my own flesh and blood, is trying to kill me. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the LORD has told him to. It may be that the LORD will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.” 2 Samuel 16:11-12

David’s son was setting himself up to kill David and take the throne, so David and his men were on the run. As they were going, Shimei, who was part of Saul’s family, started to curse him and throw stones at him. He was angry because David had taken Saul’s place as king. Some of the men wanted to strike Shimei down for his disrespect to David, but David stopped them. He felt that maybe it was God’s hand that was causing Shimei to curse him and David trusted in God’s faithfulness.

When a person is cursed by someone, most people will strike back. They will curse the person also, or ask God to strike that person down. It is very common to hear a person retaliate in the same way.

David did not retaliate against Shimei. He ignored the cursing and trusted the situation to God, just as he did as King Saul was trying to kill him. He trusted that God would see his situation and have mercy on him.

Several thousand years later, Jesus would tell the people to love and pray for their enemies. As Jesus was being crucified, He prayed for them and did not strike or curse back. Believers are to ignore the cursing that others place on them.

There will be times that someone will be mad at you for something and will begin to curse you. This cursing usually will be in the form of talking bad about you to others. It can happen in your neighborhood, at your workplace, or even in your church. It can public or it can be done in private.

You have a choice to make. You could be like the world and retaliate in the same way. Or you could be like David and Jesus and ignore the curses, and love and pray for that person.

How will you react today?

As the world?

Or as Jesus?

I pray today that God will fill you with His love for your enemies; that God will strengthen you to ignore the cursing of others; that God will show His mercy to you; and that God will restore all that the enemy has taken from you.

Exodus 22:28 Do Not Curse The Leader

“Do not blaspheme God or curse the ruler of your people.” Exodus 22:28

God continues to give Moses some practical rules on how to live life. In this verse it points out not to blaspheme God or curse the ruler.

Very few believers would have a problem with stating that one should never blaspheme God. This is talking bad about God in any way. Yet, many are guilty of it.

How many times have you heard, or been guilty of, saying that God must not love you because He did not do something for you? Or that God must not care about the sin going on because He is allowing it to happen?

People complain about what God does not do. They cut God down, treating Him like a man, rather than the God who is in absolute control that He is. This does not even touch into the using God’s name as a curse word.

Along with not blaspheming God, He also states to not curse the ruler of the people.

Cursing the ruler is a common thing, both in the church and outside the church. Everywhere you go there are people who hate the leader of the country. With the current time of elections for a new president, there is a lot of condemnation of the leader.

This not only applies to the leader of the country, but can be the boss at the workplace. He is also a ruler of people, just not as many. In the workplace break room, there are always people talking about how bad the head boss is with various situations. Everyone thinks that they could do better.

As a believer you are to build up, not tear down. Blasphemy and cursing do not build anyone up in any way. Think about the old movie “Bambi”. In it, Thumper, the young rabbit, once said, “my Mama always told me if you do not have anything nice to say, don’t say anything”. This is good advice for every believer.

What are you saying with your words?

Are they building others up? Or are they tearing someone down?

Remember that you are a person just like that other person you may be cursing. You most likely have done something similar or just as bad, sometimes, even worse.

Show the love of Jesus in your words to and about everyone.

I pray today that God will fill you with His love for others; that your words will show the love of Jesus; that you will not cut down others in any way; and that you will always build others up in the Lord Jesus.

Ephesians 4:29 Speaking Correctly

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29

Paul had just finished talking about renewing the mind to be like Jesus, speaking truth, not being angry, and not stealing. Now he brings up how to speak.

In high schools and colleges there are speech classes to teach people how to do public speaking. They will teach how to speak clearly to get the point across to the listeners. What they do not teach is how to speak to build other people up and how to keep that speech wholesome.

It is easy to see the politicians and famous people in the spotlight when they speak, especially during election time. The speeches are often filled with slamming the other person. They like to show how the other person is bad or has failed.

Most people reading this will not be in one of those positions, yet, the speaking is pretty much the same. Everywhere a person goes it can be heard condemning remarks about a politician or the president. People are very quick to make jokes against the president or some other person.

In the workplace people will cut down their boss or other workers. They complain about their pay or working conditions. In the neighborhood, people will cut down their neighbor or state that they are lazy people because they do not mow their lawn. People often call children stupid for actions they do or the way they look. And these things are not even talking about cursing.

These are not wholesome ways to talk to or about people. Jesus said that you are to serve your neighbor–who is everyone you see or know. Serving is doing what is best for them. Helping build them up.

Clean talk is one that will not complain, curse, or cut down. This will build the person you are talking to or about up and also build those up who are hearing it.

Who have you cut down with your words in the last few days?

Who have you built up with your words in the last few days?

Seek God on how to speak in order to build others up. You are to draw people to Jesus, not condemn them to hell.

I pray today that God will show you how you speak; that God will fill you with His love for others; that your words will build others up and draw them to Jesus; and that God will use you to build others up.

James 3:9-10 Praising and Cursing

“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.” James 3:9-10

Every believer has no problems with giving praise to God. Each Sunday, in church, people will sing songs of praise to God. When things go good, they will often give thanks to God. Later, however, they will curse another person.

Cursing a person has become a common place thing in our culture. Although in Biblical times it was looked at as more of a condemnation or asking God (or any god) to bring harm to someone. Often in the ancient days the curse would be stated in a long statement. Today, instead of a long phrase, short words or phrases are used to condemn a person. The words may have changed, but the meaning is still there. When a person curses someone today, he still desires some form of harm or condemnation to come upon that person. James tells us that this should not be the case.

You have to remember that every person is made in the image of God. Would you curse God? Would you curse His image? Most people will say no to these questions, yet, many will curse another person without any thought about it. When you curse a person, you are essentially also cursing God. Jesus had said as you have done it unto the least of these you have done it unto me.

As a believer your speech should be bringing praise to God and building other people up. It does not matter if the person is a very “bad” person, breaking all of the rules of man and God…you are just as bad in sinning against God. Remember you also are a filthy rotten sinner. The only difference is you have been saved by God’s grace and mercy. That other person also needs God’s grace and mercy. Will you condemn him or will you point Him to God? You are not God and do not have the authority to curse any person or thing. Ask God to change the words of your mouth. Learn to bless and not curse. No person or thing in this world deserves to be cursed by you if God does not curse that person or thing.

I pray that today God will place new words of blessing in your mouth; that God will change your heart to bring out only blessings; that God will reveal to you the grace and mercy He has had on you; that God will help you to be a blessing to others; and that God will strengthen you to be His witness daily in your speech.