Dark Times 10.12.20
In the thought of one who is at ease there is contempt for misfortune; (Job 12:5).
It is way too easy to look down on others who are struggling in life. We foolishly conclude if they were more like us they would be a stronger believer and wouldn't have these problems. That is the same thing Job's friends thought. They had no idea what they were talking about.
Some of the most important lessons in life are learned in times of trial and pain. There is simply no other way to learn these things. James tells us to rejoice in hard times because we are learning valuable lessons (if we handle them faithfully). Paul says the same thing.
When you see someone going through a time of trial in their life right now, rather than gossip about them, pray for them. Pray they might learn what God is teaching them. Then, instead of giving them advice, or giving them shallow platitudes, listen to them. It is likely they have new wisdom that has been forged in the fire.
If you are interested, my friend Jason Gray has a wonderful new album out called "Reorder". It is a brilliant album. There is a great song titled, "What the Hard Times Taught Me" to which I give a hearty "Amen".