I remember once sitting with a friend discussing suffering.
It was right after my mom had died and I was feeling lost.
He had lost his father years before and he told me he needed to share something with me.
He told me that once when he was struggling, someone had shared the story of Job with him.
He went on to tell me the story of Job, and to be honest, I had grown up in the church but hearing him tell it when my heart was broken, provided the most timely conviction for my reluctant heart (God’s timing is perfect).
You see, Job had lost everything. And he questioned God intensely.
To be honest, I agreed with Jobs questioning... I’d do the same!
But my friend told me about Gods response to Job and it made me sit in awe.
Check this out:
God responds to Job’s questioning by saying:
““Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Dress for action like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me...” 🤯
God goes on to say:
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have... understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
Or who shut in the sea with doors
when it burst out from the womb...
and prescribed limits for it
and set bars and doors,
and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?” (Job 38).
At the end of the story, Job repents for questioning God...
And I remember sitting there in awe wondering if I had obeyed this incredible God that I had also been constantly questioning... and so began my Christian journey that is a whole other story)...
But the most beautiful part of this moment was when, in the most timely manner, a random woman came up to us and said she had heard part of our conversation and felt the need to read a scripture to us.
She read: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest, Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28
I remember my friends eyes lighting up as he smiled and said, “Man I love when stuff like that happens!”
And man oh man, as I look back, so do I.
As I sat here looking over the water( to be honest questioning God on what He is doing through this pandemic on this tiny island with an overwhelmed hospital) I was reminded of this story with my friend. And reminded to trust God even when i don’t quite understand because He is the One who has laid the foundations of the earth and set the boundaries of this sea.
It is easy to forget who is in control when everything feels out of control.
But friends, He’s got us. He is still good.
He is good to us in small conversations, through the testimonies of others. He is good to us through the conviction of His Word and Spirit.
His goodness is all around His creation if we pause for a moment and look.
And His word is so powerful, able to heal even the messiest of wounds.
Share it today 🖤