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January 28, 2019

Job 24:8-11

Job 24:8-11 “They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter. They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor. They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf from the hungry; which make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.”

Have you ever known someone who was homeless because they had been robbed or exploited? The next time you see a homeless person, think about the circumstances that might have led them to their plight, and Job’s words about those who claim to know God. What does he mean by plucking the fatherless from the breast? You know that orphans are often taken in third world areas, and sent away for labor or terrorist training. Are there similar human trafficking activities occurring in the more “civilized” Western countries? Who are the ones being taken? What are they being forced to do, just to survive? Who benefits from their labor? Have you assumed that these souls are beyond your reach, and there is nothing you can do to ease their hunger or thirst? Have you asked God?

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