Job 6:4 “For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.”
Many, if not all of us, have had a moment; an event in time when we felt as Job did. The grief, the sorrow, the wound we sustained seems to literally drain the life from us. Job sets himself as a victim of God’s wrath, God’s vindictiveness or God’s whipping boy. Such statements we make out of ignorance or because we hurt deeply.
There are situations and circumstances for which you and I may never be given an explanation. I have learned that God will do with what is His as He pleases. But you and I cannot and should not carelessly project how we would think or how we would act onto Almighty God.
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
We may hurt – but only for a short while. We may grieve, but only in this life. We may suffer loss, but already possess eternal life, a home in Heaven, and the promise, presence, position, and power of God. Our sight is limited. Our understanding captive to only what we can comprehend.
Faith gives me eyes to see beyond what I cannot touch. Faith allows me to accept what is beyond my reasoning. In light of God, my own thoughts are puny; miniscule and seemingly insignificant. But His thoughts to me are:
Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
Terror. Grief. Sorrow. Loss. Pain. Suffering. Loneliness. Depression. Any one of these can drain us of any life we may have. Yet, when I go to God – my High Tower, my buckler, my shield; I can once again find comfort and strength to go on another day.
I may not be able to see my way through my present trial – neither did Job. His reason brought him to a revelation of God’s presence.
Job 23:8-10 “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”
This life is but a vapour which appears for little while and vanishes. Eternity with my Father in Heaven is where my heart is set. It suffices my desire for an answer when I embrace the truth in Romans 8.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
I am sure that my resolve and my faith will be tested. But I know that if I hold to Him, in faith, I will be far better than to shake my fist and walk away. Decide now to trust Him. Because when the testing comes and we are weak, it is more difficult to travel the path of faith.