When we’re suffering, we look for answers.
Sometimes, they have been there all along.
The Bible says: Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close.
That means God knew some of us would be neglected or disowned by our fathers and/or mothers.
The Bible says: Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.
That means God knew we would be afraid.
The Bible says: Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
That means God knew we would worry.
The Bible says: You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.
That means God knew we would cry.
These may not seem like answers but they are. They do not answer why God does not stop bad things from happening. That is the answer we all really want.
We aren’t going to get that anwer now. To keep asking will only discourage and frustrate us. We will be miserable and bitter.
But to know God wants to comfort, strengthen, and help us when everything is wrong, tells us the kind of God he is. He is not distanced or angry.
Job, was a man who knew physical, mental, and emotional suffering. He was a blameless man of complete integrity. Yet, “Job never saw why he suffered, but he saw God, and that was enough.” (Timothy Keller)
I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. –Job 42:5
What is your situation?
Are you willing for Him to be your answer?