I cried today at church, nothing unusual really. But today it hit me hard.
The lesson was on Job. Need I say more?
Job was a man who suffered many extreme heartaches yet never lost his faith. He kept his faith in the most destitute of times and God rewarded him for it. If you want to, you can start reading the book of Job here.
We’ve all gone through experiences that have broken us. Things in life that make it hard to put one foot in front of the other. Some heartaches seem bigger than others, but no heartache is easy. Many are unwanted entirely.
We’re not alone when it comes to suffering. Everyone suffers in some way or another.
My family suffered a pretty extreme heartache within the past year. Those who know us personally know the circumstances and the way it’s completely altered our reality. The sadness is overwhelming at times. Even happy get togethers have a tinge of sadness because someone is missing.
Our hearts ache.
They ache constantly. But we hold on to a faith. Faith that will help us push forward even when our hearts hurt for one another.
What I took away from today’s lesson, more than anything, was that faith can sustain us better than an emotion. The tears will dry, maybe for the day. The heartache will stop, maybe for the time being. But faith will keep us going. Faith will help us move past these hard times and see positives and happiness that’s left in life.
Here’s what I needed to hear today: God is with you in the good times and the bad. I needed to hear Job’s story so that I can offer better support for those I love. And most importantly, I needed to hear this reminder of God’s magnitude and power. God answered Job’s pain directly by telling him “Hey, I got this” and I believe He will answer ours, if we’d just let Him.
God Always Answers, One Way or Another8-11“Here’s what you said.I heard you say it with my own ears.You said, ‘I’m pure—I’ve done nothing wrong.Believe me, I’m clean—my conscience is clear.But God keeps picking on me;he treats me like I’m his enemy.He’s thrown me in jail;he keeps me under constant surveillance.’12-14“But let me tell you, Job, you’re wrong, dead wrong!God is far greater than any human.So how dare you haul him into court,and then complain that he won’t answer your charges?God always answers, one way or another,even when people don’t recognize his presence.15-18“In a dream, for instance, a vision at night,when men and women are deep in sleep,fast asleep in their beds—God opens their earsand impresses them with warningsTo turn them back from something bad they’re planning,from some reckless choice,And keep them from an early grave,from the river of no return.19-22“Or, God might get their attention through pain,by throwing them on a bed of suffering,So they can’t stand the sight of food,have no appetite for their favorite treats.They lose weight, wasting away to nothing,reduced to a bag of bones.They hang on the cliff-edge of death,knowing the next breath may be their last.23-25“But even then an angel could come,a champion—there are thousands of them!—to take up your cause,A messenger who would mercifully intervene,canceling the death sentence with the words:‘I’ve come up with the ransom!’Before you know it, you’re healed,the very picture of health!26-28“Or, you may fall on your knees and pray—to God’s delight!You’ll see God’s smile and celebrate,finding yourself set right with God.You’ll sing God’s praises to everyone you meet,testifying, ‘I messed up my life—and let me tell you, it wasn’t worth it.But God stepped in and saved me from certain death.I’m alive again! Once more I see the light!’29-30“This is the way God works.Over and over againHe pulls our souls back from certain destructionso we’ll see the light—and live in the light!