“God has made my heart faint; the almighty has terrified me. Yet I am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.”
Do you ever feel as though you have the worst luck in the world? Do you feel as though you are never able to catch a break? That bad things and events are all that follow you?
Perhaps you were hopeful that 2012 would be your year; a year of change and transformation for the good. Perhaps you felt as thought he tables were about to turn and a life of joy and happiness was headed your way. Perhaps you fully believed that God had heard your prayers and had finally decided to pour out His blessings upon you…But now, only nine days into the new year your world has already been rocked. The fighting has not stopped. Your parents are still not speaking to one another. You still have to choose sides. You still have to relive the divorce every single day. Already, your hope for a new year has been shattered.
You are not alone in the way that you feel. Throughout the bible there are hundreds of examples of men and women who were faithful servants to our Lord what at times felt as though they could never catch a break. These men and women no doubt questioned God’s authority because of the circumstances they were experiencing.
The entire book of Job in the Old Testament is about God allowing Satan to attempt to destroy Job’s faithfulness to God. Satan tried every route, every avenue throughout his attempt to ruin Job; he literally took everything from Job, yet still Job remained faithful.
Do you feel as though your life mirrors that of Job’s? Are you struggling to understand why God has allowed such terrible darkness into your life?
I wish I could give you an explanation for why God has allowed things to unfold as He has, but no one can answer that question. All I know to tell you today is that we must trust Him and His plan for our lives. He makes all things come together for His good.
May you embrace these words from Job and be encouraged to hold on to your faith.
At the end of Job’s trials, God restored Job and blessed him more than he could have ever imagined.
Your suffering has purpose. Hold on and have faith.