This week we wrapped up reading through the book of Job. What an incredible and powerful book. What an incredible testimony to the abiding power of the Lord. What a marvelous example Job is to us so many centuries later.
You may read this book, thinking, “Where is God in all of this? Where is He in our suffering? Why is it that bad things happen to good people?”
The answers to those questions require a more eternal perspective to work out the hope that is in us as believers.
What we can learn from Job, is that God is with us in the sufferings.
Despite the struggles, despite the sorrow, despite the confusion, questions, and even the lack of answers as to why something may be happening to us or around us.
Difficult circumstances and situations are just that… They are difficult. They are hard. There is struggle, frustration, sadness, and a yearning for peace.
The Bible tells us in Ephesians 2:14 that He is our peace. Jesus came to set things right with God almighty, and us sinners. When He did that work on the cross, He put an end to the sting of death, the despair of an eternity without God, and and unrest in our souls. When we look to Him during our times of struggle and trial, when we set our eyes on Him, when we set our affections on things above not on things of this earth (Colossians 3:2), we are brought to a peaceful confidence that He in fact is in control, is good, and is so very, very faithful.
We also can read in Ecclesiastes 7:8, that the end of the thing is better than the beginning there of. This is such great news! This means that God has promised that at the very end of something, whether it’s a hardship or difficult circumstances, or even life itself, it will be better. There is an end, there is peace, all things will be made right. He gives us strength to endure (2 Corinthians 12:9) and promises a better end.