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distress or misery, as from grief or wretchedness!
So far in life, I haven't had
very much of what you could call real "Woe." but I have had something
that came close. At different times there has been (near) poverty, sickness,
and many forms of worry that had a real basis and some that was just as real,
that had no substance, but I worried just the same.
Some people I have met seem
to enjoy misery. They are not happy
unless they have something to complain about. At times I am what you might call a border
liner, not the real McCoy mind you for a little misery goes a long way with me.The boost that comes from complaining also fades
Job 14:1-2Man that is born of a woman is of few days,
and full of trouble.
He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut
down: he flees also as a shadow, and continues not.
These words were spoken by
Job while he was experiencing a hell on earth. You could say he had it all
heaped upon him: tested in his body, the psychological, and the spiritual. He surly could have done without his wife and
friends because the hurt they laid on him was not appreciated.
Job 2:9-10 His wife said to him,
"Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!" But
he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we
indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?" In all this Job did
not sin with his lips.
The book of Job is a study
about a righteous man who under the most distressful times and though not
understanding "why" stood true to GOD. Satan tried to remove Job's
faith from him through adversity but he stood firm in his resolve.
A Slavic friend's pastor of a Slavic
congregation stood before them and said; enemies of us in the past threw
everything at us, they starved us, beat us and killed us but they could not
separate us from our GOD, then he held up a dollar bill and said, “What they
could not do, this (dollar bill) has been able to do.”
While during the time of woe
they stood fast but in the good times they faltered.
This message has often rung
in my ears and has helped my attitude in both good times and the not so good
for I have experienced both.
Romans 8:35-39Who shall separate us from the love of
Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or
nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all
the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these
things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am
persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor
powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any
other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in
Christ Jesus our Lord.