Finding Strength through Suffering
The past few years have been the most hardest period in my life. I would be lying if I did not tell you that I felt helpless, scared and worried about the various situations that was happening in my life. I felt very torn trying to support my family, my church and my community and trying to make sure I didn’t burn myself out. During this time I have wondered many times where was God in the midst of my challenges. Its really hard when the people who are important to you are going through distress. Its easy to start wondering what I have done wrong to bring me into this situation. Its so easy to identify suffering with sin.
However the book of Job reminds me that not all suffering is related to sin and may occur for reasons that I don’t understand. When I face trials or tragedies, it does not mean that God is punishing me for some evil that I have done. What I see in Job is that suffering can be an opportunity for my faith to grow. Even though Job could not find God in the midst of His suffering, there is an assurance that God knew exactly where Job was.
What can I learn from Job that is relevant for me as I deal with my challenges?
1. I must not let suffering make me negative or bitter. I will embrace the sufferings that come my way because it strengthens and grows the bond between God and I.
2. I can be honest with God on how I feel. I can cast all my grief, anger, doubts, bitterness, and disappointments to God and He wont be shocked.
3. I wont let people around me make me feel guilty. Job had friends gather around him and accused him of sin in his life. But they were totally wrong. No one knows what God is doing in my life. Only God knows. For me its to keep on seeking God in the midst of my suffering knowing that one day I will understand.
My prayer is that whatever suffering you are going through today, let it draw you closer to God and not let bitterness take root in your heart.