This blog is written for those who have cried out in the night for deliverance.
You have strained your ears hoping to hear God's thunderous voice and there is silence. You awaken the next morning and your circumstances have not changed. In fact, things may even have become worse.
Those who are supposed to bring comfort, your friends and family, insist that you must have done something wrong. You must have angered God in some manner. You need to confess, you need to repent or else they declare God has utterly turned His back on you. They cry out that you should curse God and die.
In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.
Job 1:1 (NLT)
In a discussion once about whether or not God would ever permit one of His children to endure suffering for a season, one of the participants snapped, "And I don't want anyone talking about Job. He is just one example!" Yes, they are right. He is just one example but what an example he is! Do we really need a better one?
To those of you who are suffering, those who are tired, discouraged and even confused, I would like to say that God has not abandoned you. He never has and He never will. Anyone who will suggest such a thing, even if they are a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, is only repeating the words of the enemy for didn't Jesus Himself say:
I will never leave you nor forsake you.
Hebrews 13:5b (NKJV)
Rather than listen to what someone else is telling you, listen to what God says:
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
Isaiah 43:2 (NKJV)
Let us also remember these words:
Dear brothers and sisters,when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:2-4, 12 (NLT)
Though we might not see God at work in our lives and the lives of those around us, we must remain confident that He is. Regardless of what it looks like or feels like... God is present and at work.
In his despair, Job cried out:
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him
Job 13:15 (KJV)
This must be the cry of our heart as well.
Those who would seek to criticize God's children who are enduring hardship and suffering would do well to remember Job as well along with his friends. They would also do well to remember what God said to Eliphaz the Temanite:
I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has. So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.
Job 42:7b-8 (NIV)
I just look at some folk, shake my head and know they don't know what they are talking about. Im not even going to give them the satisfaction of explaining why I know God does not always heal in this life.
Brill blog my friend.
Good reminder in response to what has been previously written, which again reminds us that we need to be careful to look at the whole of scripture, rather than latch onto one 'truth' and expand that without remembering to check and balance each piece of scripture against other passages and to listen to what the H/ Spirit is saying.