by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
All of us go through times that we call “testing.” It’s those moments when we must face unresolved difficulties head on. The problem is relentless. It does not go away in a day or a week or a month. Sometimes to make things more complicated, additional stresses pile on. We tell God frequently that we can’t “take it anymore. Please, Lord, give me a break!” Our cry for help seemingly goes unheard, or at least there is no change in the situation. What is happening?
I finished reading Job last week. His conversation with God was similar to the above. Do you realize God never did answer Job’s question, but rather asked Job seventy questions of His own to which Job responded, “surely I spoke of things I did not understand.”
One thing we do know for certain, as John Bunyan pointed out so beautifully in The Pilgrim’s Progress, “These troubles and distress that you go through in these Waters, are no sign that God has forsaken you, but are sent to try you, whether you will call to mind that which heretofore you have received of His Goodness, and live upon Him in your Distresses.”
Part of the point of distresses is to drive us back to the Savior and receive the grace He extends. It happened to Job and it can happen to you.