Life is hard.
Some days it is really, really hard.
We live in a sin-sickened world where things are getting worse and not better. If you want to be depressed, just click over to CNN or better yet, check the newsfeed on your facebook account.
Bad things happen. Sometimes they even happen to good people.
One day a friend of mine babysat my kids. They were toddlers at the time, but my son had already picked up my sayings. Kids act like little parrots and repeat you at the worst time possible. Something happened and my son told my friend, “Life’s not fair.”
I guess he heard me say that a time or two thousand, but it is as true for a child as it is for us. Life is not fair. Not our kind of fair anyway.
The Bible says that the “rain falls on the just and the unjust.” Just because you are a good person, a Jesus follower, a man or woman of faith, it does not exclude you from getting wet in the rain.
Why is one person with cancer healed and another dies?
Why does one person, the one who has nothing to begin with, lose the little he holds dear?
Why does it look like evil is being blessed and righteousness being punished?
I think Job asked all these questions and more. In fact, in the book of Job, God doesn’t speak until chapter 38.
Think about that for a minute.
Job loses everything. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.
He has lousy friends who give him bad advice and a wife who tells him to curse God and die.
To be quite honest, I only know of one person who even comes close to feeling the grief Job felt. I know a man, a pastor, who lost his entire family in a house fire, every one of his children, his wife, and every earthly possession he had.
All. Of. It.
Most of us do not have it that bad.
But Job did have it that bad.
I will not even attempt to convey how terrible Job’s life had become. Go find a Bible and read the book of Job. God says it better.
In all that loss, in the times of grief and pain, in the days of bad advice from friends, in the crying out, in the complaining, in the sackcloth and ashes, God is silent.
He allows the friends to speak. He allows Job to mourn. He listens to the complaints.
Then, and only then, does God speak.
He asks Job, as only God can do, if he knows better than the creator of the universe.
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge…Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? ~ Job 38:1
God goes on to describe in detail His power over all the earth.
Sometimes we think God has forgotten us and our bad situation, or worse, maybe He wants to see us suffer. Some days we think He just doesn’t care. Every once in a while, we feel like God did this bad thing to us on purpose.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. ~ James 1:17
We have bad times – we suffer loss – we hurt – we mourn – we wonder why, but what do we do when it seems like our faith has failed, like faith is not enough?
We pour our heart out to the God of this universe and we wait for Him answer. We hold on to our faith, no matter how small or shaky. We hope and we pray. We read His word and choose to believe the promises are true.
In the day that I cried thou answered me, and strengthened me with strength in my soul. ~ Psalm 138:3
Remember that man, the pastor I told you about who lost everything.
I guess I am wrong in saying he lost everything.
One thing remained. It was a little mustard seed in a small glass bottle.
And Jesus said unto them: Because of your unbelief, for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you. ~ Matthew 17:20
The fire took everything from him, everything except his faith.
Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. ~ John 13:7
We may never know “why” this side of heaven, but our faith can remain strong. God will speak. Have no doubt about it, and when He does, you will be reminded that although life is not fair, God is still on the throne.
He sees. He knows. He cares.
And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. ~ Job 42:10
Are you in a Job size crisis today?
Let us know in the comments and I promise you, I will pray for you. I will pray that you find your mustard seed today.
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