There is a proverb where I come from that say that two axe heads placed in a basket never fails to hit on each other. It’s a fact of life that people who stay together quarrel the most. Quarreling is a normal phase of friendship as people seek to understand each other. We may be tempted to think that this only happens in our human relations but the truth is that this also plays out in our relationship with God. Someone said that God rarely uses you until He has hurt you so much. A closer look at biblical characters reveals people who were hurt by God but their love for God kept them going. Mary and Martha is a family that Jesus loved but jesus did not give them specialized attention because they were friends. He did not show up immediately He was informed of Lazarus sickness. The same story repeats itself in the cases of Joseph, David and Moses who had hurting periods before God crowned them with success. Perhaps the account of Job is the best known who is described as a man that loved and feared God. Humanly speaking, Job may have felt betrayed by God. He may have asked a question we love asking; does serving God count? All these saints learned that serving God is believing in his goodness even when we are hurting. Loving God is knowing that there are moments when we shall feel hurt by him and may even doubt his love for us. Loving God just because He is good or loving denies us the opportunity to recognize him when things do not work we expect in life. When we are tempted to think that God should make things easier for us we should never forget that He never made them any easier for Jesus as He suffered and agonized on the cross. Job knew that loving God does not mean we only accept the good from him and not the bad. His love for God reached a point where he made it clear that even if God should slay him, he would love love him. Do you just love God because of the good things He does for you? Is God just God because He shields you from pain? Is God still God in your thought times and difficult circumstance? We should have complete faith in God irrespective of what we are going through and should believe in his intentions. He is not in the business of fattening us for the slaughter but in all our afflictions He is always together with us. God is not a spectator in our pain but always an active participant. There is no situation that you will ever go through where his love and grace will be missing.
“He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.” Job 2:10 NIV
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