Reading through Job 10-14 today, and it is so interesting. You’ve got Job, who is suffering because God wants to prove Satan wrong. But Job does not know that. So, he questions God. He doesn’t doubt God, or accuse God of anything wrong. But he passionately, desperately questions God. WHY are you doing this? What have I done that you would do this?
His friends keep telling him if he will turn to God and seek help, it will all end. It’s his faith that is the problem. But Job won’t hear it. He tells them it is always easy to judge other people’s trials and faith when things are going well for you. That is so true. I am so often guilty of it, especially people I respect and hold too high. I think they are better than me, so when they struggle, I begin to get mad and tear them down. But I never consider what might actually be happening in their life at the time.
Sometimes hard things happen to us simply because God wants to use them for something, and He doesn’t tell us what that something is. We can ask, we can wonder, we can be unsure. But we still need to have faith in Him. The situation may make no sense, and God may not answer our questions, but we need to trust Him. He is worth that risk.
What are you facing right now that doesn’t make sense? Can you still trust God in the middle of it? Or is there someone struggling nearby that is disappointing you? Will you give room for God to work in their life, without feeling the need to convict them for the pain they face? It’s tough, but it’s worth it.