Have you ever been in a place that you and no one else can explain? A place that - with all the theology you can find and all the positive thinking you can muster - it just makes no sense? Have you ever cried out to God for help and deliverance from a sickness or situation - but you wake every morning to find it unchanged? Have you ever suffered a loss that hurt so deeply and left you so numb and empty - you couldn't even describe it?
Some of us have experienced one or more of these scenarios. Someone reading this right now is in the middle of something just like this. Whether we are male or female, Christian or not, child or adult - at some time in our life on this earth we will face times like this. The Word says it rains on the just and the unjust. Everyone experiences the storm.
When we are locked into a season that seems to never end and the wind has long since gone out of our sails - it is so easy to struggle and reach for something that will explain the reason why. But, reality is - sometimes there is no “earthly” reason. Sometimes, there is only a “Heavenly” reason – because God is the only one that knows the “why” of all the situations of our lives. And, if we are honest, we have to say that sometimes God is silent. Sometimes, as was said in the movie – we can’t handle the truth!
Just like us with the children in our lives – sometimes wisdom and love tells us they are not ready to hear the truth that we need to speak to them. Sometimes, we have to use wisdom in what and how we share things they need to know. Sometimes, they are not yet strong enough to carry everything it has taken us – as adults – 20 or 30plus years to learn. The Holy Spirit will give us the wisdom for that - situation by situation.
This can be a hard concept to grasp. Some of the most spiritually mature have been swayed and knocked out of the fight, because they can’t reconcile what is happening in their life with their relationship with God. This is where the rubber meets the road. In these times God asks us to blindly trust Him – and the hard truth is – some can and will and some can’t and won’t.
We can learn a lot from the book of Job.
“Even today my complaint is bitter; My hand is listless because of my groaning. Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, That I might come to His seat! I would present my case before Him, and fill my mouth with arguments. I would know the words which He would answer me, and understand what He would say to me. Would He contend with me in His great power? No! But He would take note of me. There the upright could reason with Him, and I would be delivered forever from my Judge. “Look, I go forward, but He is not there, and backward, but I cannot perceive Him;
When He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him; When He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him. But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside. I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth - more than my necessary food.”
In this scenario - God did not sit down with Job and explain, "Now, all these horrible things are going to happen to you - but in the end everything will be ok. I'll multiply back to you more than you had at first. You'll be written about in the Bible and it'll be great!" NO!! Job lived through all of that without any explanation from God.
It is wonderful that God included the book of Job in the Bible, because these are serious storms of life that can make or break someone, destroy trust and faith in God and all the things of God OR they can solidify, fortify and build onto our relationship with God so immensely – that we are catapulted to a higher level in God that we’ve ever experienced before. Just like the end of Job’s story. God did not add to him again – he MULTIPLIED back to him all he had lost! We can have that happen in our life with Him – if we worship through the storm.
My younger brother called me just to encourage me. He knows the health situation I have battled for a year and he obeyed the prompting of the Holy Spirit -and he called me. God put it in his heart to ask me, "What if God had a conversation about you like the one He had about Job?"
What my brother didn't know is - for this last year the book of Job has been so new and different every time I read through it. And God has encouraged my heart many times from its pages. My brother continued and said, "What if God said, 'Hast Thou considered my servant, Donna?’" And my heart melted. I didn't know how my life for the last year would measure up.
If we have given our lives to Jesus, if we have made Him our Lord and surrendered our lives totally to Him - then we have given up the right to have any say over what He chooses to do or allow to flow in and out of our lives. We absolutely can trust Him through the pain. We can trust Him through the hard seasons. And with everything that is in us - we can worship through it. Whatever “it” is!
A friend of mine shared this song with me recorded by Shane and Shane / http://youtu.be/qyUPz6_TciY. It is called Though He Slay Me and it sums up all of this. Listen and be blessed. Because, I ask you - what if God is having a conversation with your name in the blank? "Hast thou considered my servant _________?"