Why do we suffer? Why did a man like Job who loved God and avoided evil have to suffer? In his extreme pain when all was taken away, he declared, I know that my redeemer lives, and in the end He will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see Him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! (Job 19:25-27) Job told his wife if they had accepted prosperity then they also had to accept the misfortune.
Isn’t this the tricky part of humanity? We gladly take the blessings. But we curse the pain and adversities we endure. The reality (if we hold on to Jesus) through these tragedies, God shapes us and we grow. Job was saying regardless of his circumstances His redeemer lives and in the end He will stand on this earth to redeem all of His children. We have to see the beauty the troubles bring. Paul told us, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-11)
If we never endured the hardships, we would not grow into who He created us to be. The secret is how we handle the pain. If we do it alone we will eventually give up and it’s over. But if we give it back to Him and truly trust, He will always be faithful. He tells us in Isaiah 41:10 to not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Because Job never gave up on God, he blessed him more than Job could have ever imagined. He and his wife had many more children and earthly possessions. Job was happy and lived a long and very rich life. When we are experiencing our sorrows like Job and Paul we must hold on to His promises. He is working in us and the Lord will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in Him will be condemned. (Psalm34:22)
Be confident in the fact we have a Savior and redeemer, who came down to this earth to save us from our sins. Jesus Christ will bear our load if we surrender it to Him. He was the ultimate example of surrendering to God. “Father,” he said, everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine”.(Mark 14:36)
God’s will is always perfect.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I pray you please wrap your perfect arms around each of us as we endure life’s battles. Help us to know when we are in the thick of it you will never forsake us. We thank you for your son Jesus Christ who took on all of our sin. Please help us to be more like him every day.
In Jesus name,