My dear sisters, if you are anything like me, you may find yourself wondering why God is causing so much suffering in our world today. I was thinking about that as I was reading the book of Job in my quiet time with the Lord. Why did God make Job suffer?
Job’s story is one of a spiritual battle. Satan approached God and told him that the only reason Job was a righteous man was because of all the gifts that God had given him. And if those gifts were taken away, Job would turn away from God. So God gave Satan full control over Job’s life as long as Satan did not take his life. The narrative of the story then tells us how Satan carried out his destructive plan in the life of Job.
Job did not know about their conversation and he could not comprehend the mystery of his suffering. Job’s friends did not understand why Job’s world had been turned upside down. How many times have you not understood the trial? How many times have you turned to your friends in seasons of heartache and they couldn’t understand it either?
You see my dear friends, God allowed Job to suffer to demonstrate that we can still worship God as God, for his own sake, regardless of any secondary blessing that we might gain or lose. This is the type of worship that is painful, costly, humbling, and deeply honoring to our Heavenly Father.
Mamas, the next time you are in a time of testing and trial, I urge you to not lose heart. I know the world seems to be spinning off kilter, but instead of turning your back on Christ and assuming that his yoke is just too heavy, quiet your soul and simply submit to the Lord’s leading. Trust God enough to know that whatever is going on in the world or in your own personal world, he will fulfill his purposes for you and work all things together for your good.” (Romans 8:28).
These times we are living in will require a different kind of faith. Living for God means that we follow him no matter where the path may lead because we know that the Father loves us and he will redeem and restore all that seems lost. Confidence in our walk with God is such a beautiful thing.
“My heart and flesh may fail
The earth below give way
But with my eyes, with my eyes I’ll see the Lord
Lifted high on that day
Behold, the Lamb that was slain
And I’ll know every tear was worth it all.”
(From “Though He Slay Me” by Shane and Shane.
Blessings as you trust God in the trial,
Susie and the Help Club for Moms Team
For more information about Susie’s ministry, Between the Gardens, visit her website at susieoneal.org.