Lessons from Job in the Midst of Suffering

There is a great passage in Job 29.  It starts with, “How I long for the months gone by,” and it ends with, “when my path was drenched with cream and the rock poured out for me streams of olive oil.”

I other words, I remember when life was sweet!

Are any of you tempted to feel that way right now?  How we long for the time before COVID19!  How we wait for this all to be over!  Let’s be honest.  Aren’t there days when you feel that way?  Maybe we feel a bit like Job!

And yet!  God is here.  He is with us.  We have hope in the middle of whatever we are going through.  Hope of his presence. Hope of a future whose glory far outweighs our present struggles or suffering!

The sun is still shing around me this morning.  The woods are still alive with woodpeckers, birds, squirrels and two young deer, delicate spotted fawns who wandered down through the woods to the edge of our yard.  The trees still envelope me in a sea of green.  And you would never know looking outside that there is so much turmoil in our world today.

And to think that the beauty around me doesn’t even compare to the wonder and glory of heaven!  Neither does suffering ever outweigh the blessings that are ours in Christ.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

Join us tomorrow as we continue learning from Job’s suffering and are reminded that even if we don’t feel Him, God is still with us.

Looking back with gratitude and looking ahead with hope!
Former Pastor Paul Erny