Job still has somethin' to say...
To deny that suffering of all kinds has not only a legitimate but a central place in Christianity is to deny the gospel. "We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God," teaches Paul (Acts 14:22) Good men or women must never expect to escape troubles; if they do, they will be disappointed.
Here Job has told me that he's unable to justify the permissions of God, but he's still trusting Him. Where is God? Why is He permitting this to happen?
Practice this with me. Look in a mirror...shrug your shoulders...repeat after me..."I DON'T KNOW."
Yes, it seems like those who do wrong get away with it. Those who take advantage of others get away with that. Unexplainable suffering falls into the same category.
There are plenty of events in our lifetime that the Lord could have stopped, but He didn't. This isn't just about the Jewish Holocaust, the wrongs of the Crusade Era, the priests in the Roman Catholic Church who have molested young boys. "I can't justify the permissions of God, but I trust Him." Can I say that? That's a major step especially when you are the one who has lost a child.
Even though God is elusive and mysterious, strange and silent, invisible and seemingly passive, He is trustworthy.
- Resist the temptation to explain everything. God knows.
- Focus on the future benefits, not the present pain. God leads.
- Embrace the sovereignty of the Almighty. God controls.
We can't piece it all together if we tried to. There are times when I'm not able to understand it, and there are times when I won't like it. But, as we're learning from Job, He's not going to ask our permission. And so? We trust God.
"But if you're real, I found myself crying silently to Him, they why? Why did you let these bad things happen to me? Why all the death and loss?
This time the answer came to me.
When those horrible things took place, My heart broke with you. I wept for you as strongly as you weep now."