If birds of a feather flock together, then misery does love company. Playing the victim card allows individuals to dwell upon their disappointments in life. Like the shark encounters scene in Jaws, people often engage in stories to one up the other. The ultimate goal is to seek pity from others, to buy your sob story.
And you sent widows away empty-handed and broke the strength of the fatherless, Job 22:9.
When you read the account of Job’s trials within the first two chapters of his book, its hard to find someone who has endured such heartache. After three friends come to support Job, each begin to wonder why would God allow all these horrible things happen to such a great guy. The more each reflected upon Job’s disappointments in life, their reasoning changes. Supportive friends, soon became critics, urging Job to confess a hidden sin at the core of his hardships. Surely, this must be the reason for disappointment.
That is why snares are all around you, why sudden peril terrifies you, Job 22:10.
The one mistake Job does make is blaming God for all his troubles. I guess Job fell into the trap most do, believing life is suppose to be full of blessings once you commit your life to God. Unfortunately, the contrary is true as difficult times serve as a refining process. Tests create an environment to promote growth, maturity and perseverance. Therefore, the next time disappointment comes your way, consider it a pure joy, James 1:2-4. Developing this mindset will prevent you from blaming God as well as make you a complete person.
by Jay Mankus