_Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese, clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together with bones and sinews? You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit.
(Job 10:8-12 NIV)_
The kindness of God endears us to him. His kindness is made obvious
through his providence, says Job. God does provide. Our daily bread would not exist to be buttered without his providence. Job, who it would seem has of late received only tough times from God, speaks of the amazing and wonderful ways that God created him:
“Did you not pour me out like mile and curdle me like cheese, clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together with bones and sinews?” (Job 10:10-11)
Lost in the wonders of God’s creativity, Job must reckon with all the difficult
things that have happened to him. There is a kind of harmony suggested here. Would a God who shaped him and carefully created him, turn on him and destroy him? Job cannot really think so. And Job’s conclusion helps us to see that God’s kindness allows us to fulfill his purposes for us.
God is consistently love, so we must not be quick to indict him as
responsible for our misfortunes. Let us rather see if we can read into our
circumstances a bit of his larger purpose. When the pain overwhelms us, we may have to struggle harder to see his deeper purpose, but it must be our goal.
In all things we must strive to see the kindness of God, and then we can look past our present struggles to see his purpose in our lives. (The Fruit of the Spirit Bible, Zondervan Publishers, 2000)
I read the above commentary on Job and wanted to share it with you.
Kindness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It often gets lost in the list of the other fruit. However, it is a joy and a wonderful opportunity to be kind to each other as God is kind to us. We may never know what someone is going through at any particular time or place, but thanks to the grace of God, we can offer a kind word of encouragement to those whom God has placed in our paths. May we continue to grow in the likeness of Christ and continue to be kind to each other.