Zophar’s Blog

Scripture Reading – Job 11

Blog Title – Miserable Comfort

Blogging Niche – Christian Bloggers

About Me – Naamathite. Friend of Job. Repentant sinner.

Photo Credit - Andrew Penner

Blog Excerpt –

On Forgiveness

Are you familiar with my friend Job? His terrible plight has received a lot of press. Suffice it to say, he’s suffered unimaginable tragedies in his life. As his friend, I felt it was my duty to offer comfort, which he rebuked as ‘miserable’. Fine. If he won’t take my advice, maybe you will.

  • Devote your heart to God.
  • Seek forgiveness from God.
  • Change your bad habits. Those of us who truly repent, stop our sinful behavior.
  • Forgiveness leads to feelings of security, fearlessness, and hope.

It seems so clear to me. Job is suffering because of his sin. If he’d only confess his deep, dark sins, God would stop afflicting him.

Well, perhaps, it’s too simple. Maybe God’s ways are more complex than I can fathom.

Okay. It’s possible Job’s suffering isn’t related to his sin, but not likely, in my opinion. Why would God cause an innocent man such pain and misery? No. I’m certain that if my friend just admits to God the evil he’s done, his life would go back to normal. Unfortunately, Job doesn’t want to listen to reason. Until he does, I’m afraid there will be no end to his misery.

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And so ends my second A-Z Challenge! Hoorah! I can’t deny that I feel pretty awesome about it!

So what’s next for Bible Bloggers? Throughout the next month I’d like to go back and add some study questions or concluding thoughts to each blog, maybe even a prayer for each one. If I were to make Bible Bloggers into a book would it be a devotional or a Bible study? That’s what I’ll be trying to sort out throughout the month of May.

May 7th is the ‘Reflection’ post for the A-Z Challenge, which will probably be posted on Pocketful of Playdough, where I’ve discussed details of the Challenge.

What’s next for you now that the A-Z Challenge is over? Will you be taking a blogging break or continue blogging at a less strenuous pace?

Are you up for another challenge? If you are, here are a couple I’ve discovered –

Blog Me Maybe – It’s a Monday-Friday posting schedule with each day having a certain topic. This is more of a relaxed, easy-paced challenge.

Want something more extreme? Write A Story A Day in May – the challenge? Write a story every day in May. How hard could that be? Check out the link for lots more information if you are interested.

Brianna

Once upon a time there was a young woman who graduated cum laude from university. For years she despaired of ever using her English degree. Then I gave her the direction she needed and now she writes for me - her father so heavenly.

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Zipporah’s Blog

Blog Title: Married to Moses

About Me: My husband  is working out of the country, leaving me to raise our two sons on my own. It’s not easy, but I’m willing to make sacrifices so that my husband can follow the Lord’s call.

Intended Audience: Wives with husbands who work out of town, occupy positions of high authority, work for a cause. Wives who accept coming in second sometimes to their husband’s career.

Blog Excerpt:

One of Those Days

Days like today make me wonder why I married a hero. Our oldest son Gerry has a virus and spent the entire day throwing up, while our other son Eli, clung to my legs like sand on wet feet. I didn’t have a moment of alone time.

Thankfully, they are asleep now, but I’m exhausted. I would love to have shared the load with someone else today –like my husband. But the boys and I are in Midian, my home country, while Moses is in Egypt,negotiating with Pharaoh to save the Israelites.

On nights like these, I like to reminisce about better times in our marriage, like the time we first met. I first saw Moses at the town well, which supposedly bodes well for a  relationship. My sisters and I tried to draw water from the well for our father’s flock, but some other shepherds started harassing and taunting us.

Moses stood up to the shepherds and forced them to flee. He was magnificent –so strong and brave. My hero!

This memory reminds me that the same reason I fell in love with Moses is the same reason I’m alone now. He makes me proud and frustrated all at once. Is he the only husband capable of evoking such conflicting emotions?

What can I do but stay strong and do the best I can in raising our sons? God called Moses to lead His people, as Moses’ wife, I will do my part by keeping the home fires burning.

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And so it ends –not with a bang but with a whimper. I had hoped to finish the challenge with a real creative humdinger of a blog post, but settled instead for a short post about the wife of Moses. I didn’t even tackle the incident where she circumcised her son and saved Moses from God’s wrath.

If Zipporah ever does go there in her blog, I imagine it will ignite a fire of controversy and a storm of angry comments, like this one –

Anonymous                                                                  Mystery Man

How could you do that to your own child? He could have gotten an infection! Don’t you care about your child’s health?

So maybe I’ll re-visit Zipporah’s blog in the future. I do plan to continue, what I have dubbed, The Bible Blogger Series. (Got a better name? I want to hear it!) I’m not sure yet whether it will be a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly feature. I’ve enjoyed writing them and still have ideas for other characters that I didn’t get a chance to write during the challenge.

I want to thank everyone for reading and following! And an even bigger thank you to those who commented faithfully –you guys kept me going this entire month and without you I would have run out of steam way back at ‘K’!

Monday I will have a final post to wrap up the challenge complete with shout-outs, acknowledgements, and links! Now that will be a real humdinger of a post!

Brianna

Once upon a time there was a young woman who graduated cum laude from university. For years she despaired of ever using her English degree. Then I gave her the direction she needed and now she writes for me - her father so heavenly.

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