In a heartbeat everything can be taken from us, our wealth, our business, our family, and our lives. It is in the midst of these storms that we wake up to the reality that we are merely dust in the wind, not necessarily in control of our own destiny.
In the aftermath of these storms what should our response be? Anger? Anxiety? Sadness? Job’s response was worship. This should humble us, for no other person, other than Jesus himself, suffered like Job. Job’s suffering is unfathomable to us. He lost everything. His business was destroyed, his family was killed, his health was taken, his wife rebuked him, and his friends mocked him. Yet, it was in the wake of this devastation that Job found himself face to face with God’s Sovereignty.
- "I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. 3 'Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?' Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. 4 'Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.' 5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you;” – Job 42:2-5
It was in the midst of Job’s brokenness that his feet found a firm foundation on the rock of God’s control, authority, and presence in his life. This was the salve that Job needed for his emotional, spiritual, and physical wounds.
As I continue to read and study God’s Word, God graciously continues to shed more and more light on His design and purposes for humanity. In this fallen world, Satan desires to place your feet on the shifting sand of chance and free will, but these words are merely mirages in the desert of temptation. The living water that our souls thirst for in the midst of loss and suffering will not be found within ourselves, within our friends, or within anxiety medication. The refuge in which our hearts search for is only found in the immovable rock of God’s absolute control over all things.
When we face trials and tribulations in life, whether it is natural disasters, cancer, or a death of a loved one, we must recognize that God is in the midst of these moments. He is not a God who is caught off guard. He has ordained them for a purpose, a purpose that intimately involves you. I think Paul said it best when he said this:
- “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,” – 2 Corinthians 4:16-17
Where is Job today? He is in paradise with the Lord, and I guarantee that he would not change an iota of his story. Why? Because Job’s story is God’s story, and the story God wrote for Job includes a grain of sand of suffering on a beach of eternal glory.