I was reminded during my Bible reading this morning during “coffee with the Lord” that sometimes, strong expressions of faith arise out of the ashes of our deepest trials! We flounder, we grovel, pain and suffering intensifies, and we think it will never end and we will not make it! Even those around us either give us false hope or seem to attribute our suffering to our failings. But sometimes in those moments, miraculously, out of the ashes heap of our suffering, confident hope in God arises and sustains us.
It was that way with Job! This morning while reading Job 19 I sensed the hopelessness of his trails, the drain his pain brought him, the sting of the accusations of his friends, even the sense of abandonment by God that he struggled with… (you should read it!)… and then, miraculously, he expressed this…
“I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand upon the earth! And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold and not another!” (verses 25-27)
I don’t know what challenges – what struggles may come my way in the future… And I don’t know what tests of faith – what pain and suffering or other trails you may be facing right now. But I believe this – I believe what happened in Job’s experience can happen in yours! I also believe it can happen in mine! In the middle of the crisis, the difficulty, the testing; faith can miraculously assert itself and confidence in God can emerge in a whole new, powerful dimension out of our struggle! I believe that! I claim that for you… and I am depending on it for me!