Expressing pain and grief does not mean you don’t love God – and that He doesn’t love you!

Grief and AnguishToday, in my “coffee with the Lord” post, I want to affirm that in times of severe and persistent pain, great loss, and Satanic attack, Job 3 (you should read it in your Bible) expresses how godly people sometimes feel! And that’s ok … God isn’t shaken by their feelings and grief when they vent such feelings!!! Here’s just a brief introduction to Jobs grief after losing everything he held dear and Satan’s attack on him physically…

“After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth… Why did I not die at birth! … Why is light given to the one who is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul… For the thing that I feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has befallen me!” (From Job 3)

Now if you doubt that Job was godly, here is God’s assessment of him… “There was a man whose name was Job, that he was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil… And the Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil?’’ (In fact, God said that twice about Job to Satan!) Furthermore, this is said of Job after he lost everything he held dear in a single day… “In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong” … and later, “In all this Job did not sin with his lips!” (from Job 1 & 2)

Hey, sometimes bad things happen to good people! Grief is natural! Questions about why pain, suffering and loss are happening to us arise in our hearts and minds!

But God can handle that grief and those questions! And we can have this confidence… “Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us! For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord!” (Romans 8:35-39)

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