Wednesday, June 4

Truth in Suffering

When Job's friends came to see him at the height of his misery, 
they were speechless for seven days and seven nights. 
After they finally found their voice, his friends sought to make sense 
of the incredible suffering Job was experiencing.

It is natural, I think, for humans to try to rationalize and process what we experience.  
Even Job felt like he couldn't catch his breath for the pain 
and wondered if God was listening.  (Job 9) 

Yet, at the height of his woes, Job refused to curse God 
and even proclaimed the character of God he knew to be true.
  “You have granted me life and favor, 
And Your care has preserved my spirit. 
Job 10:12

We hate to suffer. Even Job questioned why God
had allowed him to be born.
 But despite his sorrow, Job was steadfast on a particular foundational truth:
The One who spread out the heavens,
walks the waves of the seas, 
and removes mountains,
is the all-wise God who allowed Job to suffer for reasons known only to Him.
   “God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. 
Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered?” 
Job 9:4

In fact, Job's steadfast love for God was so deep 
he could remind us what we need to know this day-
Becoming stiff-necked with God is no way to prosper.  
If God deems best to bring us into the classroom of suffering, 
who are we to question what God is doing?

Isaiah, Daniel, and the Apostle Paul 
all echoed this truth in their writings. 
(Is. 45:9; Dan. 4:35; Rom. 9:20; Rom. 11:34)  
The pain of personal loss is huge; but like these wise men of old,
 I choose today to trust in my Lord, who has never given me more than I can bear.


  1. So much comfort in these words, Sharon, and in your beautiful photos. God bless you.

  2. Walking a difficult road right now with chronic pain, and this post ministered healing balm to my soul. Thanks, dear friend!