By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened. Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud: And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth. He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy. Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. (Job 37:10-14)
Job was a good man, but many of the worst things that can happen to anyone happened to him- he lost his wealth, all of his children died, and his body was covered with itchy, oozing boils.
When we’re hurting, sometimes it’s hard to believe that God loves us and wants the best for us. We know He could prevent or fix our problem if He chose to, yet it often seems to us that He doesn’t.
Why? Why this suffering, why us?
These are the times that faith can rise in us and remind us that God sees the whole of things and we only wee our tiny corner. He is God, our Creator, so we can trust in Him when things are good and when they are falling apart. We rest in His strength and trust that there is an unknown bright shining good, some wonderful blessing for us, that is behind the clouds of our stormy life even when all we see are the clouds. Our Creator knows our sorrows and somehow, beyond our present understanding, loves us through all of them.
Lord, help me to trust You when I’m tempted to doubt Your love for me and to be faithful like Job in the stormy seasons of my life.