The voices around Job, in his darkest days, set themselves above him. “How long will you torment me and break me in pieces with words?”
How easy it is to look on others in their trials, their hardships, their misery—and find reasons why they likely deserve it. Forty-two chapters of Job clearly warns us of our propensity toward avoiding suffering and judging others.
We don’t get to, nor should we aim to, choose in what ways God will use to sanctify us. The beloved of God must prepare their heart for the days of suffering, loss, and anguish. If it’s not already visiting you, it’s at the door.
No follower of Christ makes it through this life without burying themself daily.
Reading through Job makes me shudder. I cry out to God, How will I survive when Your righteous hand slays me? What will I do when my enemies gather to tell me how I’m nothing but a disappointment to You? God is punishing you.
Remember this truth when the walls cave in. When it feels like you’ve lost everything. Remember these words of God when the wicked prosper all around you. Speak the truth to your soul when enemies accuse you, say all kinds of evil against you for Christ’s sake. And gift them to your sisters and brothers when darkness overshadows them too.
“For 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.”