Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | January 17, 2014

Joy In Unrelenting Pain

MP900443668[1]“Then I would still have this consolation – my joy in unrelenting pain – that I had not denied the words of the Holy One.”  Job 6:10 (NIV)

 Ever longed for vindication, reprieve and yes , even an explanation?  Has our soul ever cried out for understanding and  gotten nothing?    Even Job’s friends who came to comfort and console ultimately turned against him, accused him –  his joy in unrelenting pain.  While I have never experienced the depth of Job’s sorrows, I have marched alongside the edge of loss and suffering.  Buried beneath the layers of pretense, I have labored long and hard – searching deep to uncover my joy in unrelenting pain.  And the secret – well it’s found in Job’s words:  “I had not denied the words of the Holy One.”  You see when we are in the midst of difficult heart wrenching moments it is so easy to lift our eyes off of Jesus and onto the stuff that’s causing our pain.  It’s normal to get consumed with self-centered thoughts and loud questions that scream for answers.  Job had those too.   Life will always present us with opportunities to stare pain in the face and determine our victim status.  Job had every right to question, doubt, struggle and become discouraged.  It wasn’t his right that was at stake, it was his knowledge of the Holy One.   Unfolding in the pages of Job’s story is a man who chose to align himself with the words that defined God’s character rather than the visible, tangible suffering surrounding him.    Like Job we can cling to the words of the Holy One  – His character will sustain us and fill us with His unspeakable joy.

 “Father, unanswered questions are best left at Your feet where pain is freed and our joy is made whole.”

 For His Glory

 Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

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