My friend cried out in pain saying, I know I believe..but each time the unexpected and hard things strike..I lose my faith! I still believe, yet I lose my faith!"
Even Job, happy and full of days (in the end) , died , passing on the cycle of grief and pain to his survivors.
Some times we stake all our faith on a miracle, as if a miracle would eliminate all disappointment with God. It wouldn't. For one thing , all of us die; the ultimate mortality rate is much the same for atheists and saints alike.
Miracles serve as signs pointing on to the future.
They are appetizers that awaken a longing for something more, something permanent.
The good news at the end of Job and the good news of Easter at the end of the Gospels are previews of the good news described at the end of Revelation!
We dare not lose sight of the world God wants..the world He is all the time building.
The world we inherit because of Jesus Christ.
The promise of Job 42 , then, is that God will finally right the wrongs that mark our days.
Some sorrows ...the deaths of Job's children , for example , or the death of my dear friend's son....never completely heal in this life.
BUT ONE DAY IT WILL!
That day my friend will get her son back, remade! and if I did not believe that, did not believe that her son, along with Job's are right now breathing , and dancing, and exploring new worlds, then I would not believe anything....I would "lose my faith " at the lack of seeing miracles.
Paul says, " If only for this life we have hope in Christ , we are to be pitied more than all men".
Believe in all Truth ...what God says , He will do. There is much more ahead!
Take courage , little friend, for God is surely with you.
elbow room - My focus today is to leave room for God to be who He is. Nothing is as it seems and I trust him.
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