Encouragement

God Speaks

Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm… -Job 38:1 

After 37 chapters of silence God finally speaks. Up until that time the only thing Job heard was silence from God and the clamoring of his three friends, who tried to explain to him why he lost everything- his possessions, his family, and his health. Their words and reasons were killing Job. But now God speaks. What did God say? Did God tell him why all this happened? No. But God did speak and he reminded Job of His sovereign power over all of creation and ultimately this answer brought deep comfort to Job. 

Sometimes we experience things in life that there are no pat answers for. We do not understand everything that happens to us this side of heaven. Some things remain a mystery and this is especially painful when it involves suffering, but for the Christian we must trust in the word that God gave to Job. God is sovereign and He is working out his good purposes in a sinful and broken world that affects us all, even people of faith. 

This answer is not good enough for some (I understand that) but it sure beats the option of removing God from the equation. Without God suffering makes no sense and serves no purpose- we are all just victims of random chance. Even worse, suffering defeats us because if there is no God then there is no healing. At the end of the story Job was blessed- more livestock and more children- but even that is not guaranteed in this life. What is guaranteed is that “our Redeemer lives and that in the end He will stand upon the earth, and after our skin has been destroyed our flesh will see God.” (Job 19:25-26)

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Cry Out in Faith!

Even if I summoned him and he responded, I do not believe he would give me a hearing. - Job 9:16 

Sometimes life beats us down so bad we feel the way Job felt when he spoke these words about God. 

Job went through a terrible time of tragedy, losing all of his material possessions, his children, and his health. To him it seemed as if God had gone silent. Job became so despondent that he felt it was not even worth the effort to pray because God would not hear him anyway. This is real life. Sometimes it feels that way and in those times we are free to acknowledge such feelings but on the other hand it is not a place we can stay. We must cry out to God in faith believing that in Jesus Christ that God hears our prayers, stands in solidarity with us through his sufferings and death, and ultimately brings healing to those places in our lives that are broken and full of pain. Be encouraged friend and cry out to God because “the prayer of a righteous man avaleth much.” (James 5:16).

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