Job was at his lowest point, having lost his material possessions, his health and his children.
Then his friends came and kicked him while he was down (Job 42:7-9).
Paul was in prison suffering for his faith.
Then some Christian teachers kicked him while he was down (Philippians 1:14-18).
Have you ever been struggling with sorrow or hardship only to have someone kick you while you're down?
Like Job's friends, some people kick with a big foot of bad theology, blaming you without cause.
Others, like Paul's colleagues, kick with a big foot of jealousy, revenge or epicaricacy, hoping to make your pain worse.
When we're hoping for sympathy, it's heart-breaking to get kicked with judgment or jealousy. So what can we do?
1. Seek God, not man, and refuse to accept blame we don't own (Job 27:5).
2. Seek God's purposes instead of focusing on our hurt (Philippians 1:18-19).
3. Seek God's comfort. When others are kicking, God promises to hold us in His arms (2 Corinthians 1:3-5).
Ever feel like you want an extra minute or two of devotional reading? There are five 1-minute devotions linked to words in this devotion.