God is Able…Listens…Loves…
God is able…
Deep in our hearts we know God is able and we whisper in the darkness “God is able.” We may feel uncertain and unsure of what to do, but God who is able to do more than we can ask or imagine can do that which we cannot do. Ephesians 3:20 Knowing this but maybe not quite fully believing we ask “why” and question God.
Job questions God
Remember the story of Job? Job questioned God and he struggled in the darkness confessing his lack of understanding of all the things he suffered. Job did not doubt God was able to sustain him. He simply did not understand why these things were happening to him. He constantly asks, “Why?”. Seeking answers Job looks within himself confessing his inability to understand all he is suffering. Job found his answers within God. Throughout the book of Job we watch as God instructs, teaches, grows and stretches him. Job sought God for direction and answers to his dilimena and we can find answers to our questions and the solution to our suffering and pain within God as Job did.
Do you question God?
Is He silent? Do you experience times knowing you are wrapped in His loving arms, but He appears distant and silent in the darkness? Your questions linger with no apparent answer and no solution. Prayers appear to evaporate into thin air going nowhere. The cry of your heart asks, “Why?” We whisper with doubt in our hearts to ourselves in the darkness, “Is God able?”
Is God listening?
Does He love and care about me? Does He remember I am here? These and other questions invade your mind. The dry dark periods test your faith and the joy of relationship. Hang on! God is not finished with you or me. He continues to write the chapters of your life working behind the scene molding and shaping you into what He desires you to become as He continues to write your story.
Through the years I have asked these same questions when the path was lonely, dark, and silent. I wait knowing God is working to bring me closer to Him, instructing, teaching, growing and stretching me. I do not like it and I turn to Him sometimes in anger asking “Why?”. Tired and weary I did not stop with “why”. I asked, “Can I have a break?”. The break I sought did not come, but seeking God through prayer, talking to Him, and reading His Word peace finally came as I surrendered to Him. Trusting that He alone knows that my heart, my longing to be obedient and my desire to grow loser to Him in the midst of my suffering, questioning and anger.
Job replies to God.
“I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you.” Job 42:1-2
The love of God…
God’s love makes our existence here on earth acceptable as we trust in Him for all things knowing that all things work to the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
When we are living in the loneliness of darkness and silence God never fails us. We continue to pray knowing He hears and answers our prayers in His timing. In these times when God appears silent remember He is not really silent. Where is your Bible? God speaks to us through His Word, loves us, never forsakes us, and is always available when we call upon Him. Wait on Him. He is growing us in Him and teaching us to depend on Him, not the world or ourselves, but to depend totally on Him. Comfort comes as we continue to read and dwell in His Word trusting Him who loves us mightily and gave His only Son to die on the cross for our sins. John 3:16
During those times when we are overwhelmed and full of questions and doubts the Holy Spirit living inside of us intercedes on our behalf. Romans 8:26-27
Remember the old song, “There is no friend like the lowly Jesus?” Cling to Him. Let Him hold you in His loving arms, set in His lap and let him nourish you with His love, mercy and kindness. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. I Peter 5:7
What happened to Job?
After Job prayed for his friends the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before. Job 42:10
The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first. Job 42:12
God blessed Job and He will bless you. I leave you with hope. Hope and trust in the One who loves you beyond measure. He who sees and knows your heart and knows the plans He has for you and when you seek Him with all your heart He will be found by you. Jeremiah 28:11-14
In the hope and love of Jesus Christ,
Thirteen One Coaching