Then I would still have this consolation–my joy in unrelenting pain–that I had not denied the words of the Holy One. Job 6:10
Going through pain or suffering will often change a lot of people. It can change how they think and act. It is very common when a person is suffering from a bad headache, that they will act irrationally towards other people. They will get angry very easily and snap at others. They are not focused very well on their emotions.
Extreme pain or suffering will often cause people to be blinded to the truth. All they see and feel at the moment is pain and no hope. They forget the truth about life.
Job was going through extreme troubles, pain and suffering. He wanted God to take his life, so that he would die without denying God’s word. He was so focused on following God, that he would rather die than deny God and His word. God’s word showed hope and a future.
Sadly many people who go through extreme suffering often begin to deny God’s word. They forget that God loves them no matter what they are going through. They forget that God is with them in the suffering. They forget that in the end they will have eternal life with God in heaven.
All of this forgetting is because they are focused on the pain, rather than on God and His word. In the process of forgetting God’s word, they deny it. They deny the power of God’s word in their lives. Usually they feel as if God has abandoned them, though His word says He will never leave or forsake them.
Believers need to stand firmly upon God’s word in their lives. They need to trust that God’s word is true, regardless of what is going on around them or in their lives.
During times that you will or are going through difficult times in your life, stay focused on what God’s word says. Refuse to deny what He has said about you and to you.
You are His child and He loves you. Nothing you can say, do, or go through will change that. He also has a place reserved for you in heaven if you do not give up and deny His words.
As you are suffering, turn towards God in prayer and in worship. Know that despite what is happening, He has your best interest in mind. Don’t deny God.
I pray today that you will know God’s love towards you; that you will trust God’s words to you; that you will not deny God or His words in your life; and that God will give you strength through all difficult times.
“Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Where were the upright ever destroyed?” Job 4:7
When something bad happens to a person, many believe that the person must have done something wrong. Often it is that he must have made a bad choice that brought on the bad situation in his life. According to the world, a person is in control of his whole life, bad things should never occur to a good person.
Once something happens bad to a person, many begin to question the why of what happened. They start searching for answers wanting to solve the problem. In this process the wrong answer is often believed.
Job had done nothing wrong and was notated as living an upright and innocent life, yet, he lost everything. One of his friends, Eliphaz, came by with some counsel on what had occurred. Part of his suggestion was that Job was guilty of some sin, because no one innocent or upright has ever been destroyed like this.
While Eliphaz’s thoughts seem logical, they fall short of understanding God’s ways. There have been many people who were innocent and upright who have perished. No, they did not perish for eternity, but they perished here on this earth. They were killed or became sick to the point of death or something else bad occurred.
Take a look at Jesus, perfect and holy, yet He suffered and died. In a sense He was destroyed. His body on this earth was killed. However, despite the killing, because He was perfect and holy, He rose again and was not destroyed eternally.
The believer in Jesus is also made holy and righteous before God through the power of Jesus. He may suffer and die here on this earth, but it is only a temporary death, he will be raised again to life.
As a believer, do not be quick to judge yourself or others for problems occurring in life. Allow God to examine you and point out any sins you may have that may have brought on the suffering, but also accept that it may not be caused by your sins.
God does allow suffering and pain in the lives of His children. Don’t give the false counsel of blaming personal sin for personal problems always. Sometimes it is God working in your life as He was in Job’s life.
You cannot always see behind the scenes as to what God is doing or why He allows something. However, you can trust Him fully.
I pray today that you will trust God’s work in your life; that God will reveal any sin in your life; that God will strengthen you during sufferings; and that God will make you more like Jesus.