WHEN IT HURTS
“…The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”—Job 1:21
Nobody looks forward to pain; rather, we seek to avoid pain. Pain leaves us feeling traumatized, desperate, disabled, disoriented and humiliated.
You might be hurting because of poor health, the death of a loved one, or a lost relationship, job, social standing, career opportunity, or even for having committed a serious error or sin.
Job in the Bible is a prime example of a person in pain. He was a very successful man who in a single day lost everything: his children, possessions, health, friends and finally even the support of his wife.
At the height of his pain and agony, he says something amazing: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” — (Job 1:21).
Job in the middle of his pain, decided not to focus on his pain. Rather, he determined to center his life on God and worship Him. Why? Because he knew that he didn’t really own or deserve anything. He saw in God the source of all things, and he was aware of his own inabilities. In the midst of his pain, Job looked to God.
Job’s view of God was so detailed, accurate and clear that not even his great suffering was able to cloud that vision. Job could not avoid the pain, but he determined to trust God and let his suffering take him to a deeper and fuller commitment to God.
In the midst of great suffering, Job did not grow bitter. He didn’t understand what was happening when his world collapsed, but resolved to live beyond the pain and trust in God’s gracious purpose. And when the purpose was revealed, God delivered Job out of his suffering and blessed him (Job 42).
It’s not always possible to escape suffering or to understand its purpose. But like Job, you too can make a choice to trust, worship, depend upon and wait on God.
In the middle of your pain you can choose at any time to pray and ask God to continue giving you grace, peace, wisdom, serenity, strength and awareness of His precious love for you.
Feel the pain, but do not let it control you. Like Job, look at the pain in the light of God and His purposes.