Thursday, December 15, 2011
Hearing From God
Maybe, but I don't think so. See here is the real lesson God us trying to teach us - we are not the enter of everything, and sometimes He has more important things to do than deal with ME.I cry to you for help and you do not answer me; I stand, and you only look at me. You have turned cruel to me (Job 30:20-21).[...]
Can you identify with Job? You cry out to God in your affliction and you see nothing change. It seems like he’s just standing there watching you writhe. It feels cruel.
But this is not, in fact, true. What is true is that God is doing far more in our affliction than we know.
But we do know this: God was answering Job when it seemed he wasn’t. And God was remembering David when David cried, “Will you forget me forever?” (Psalm 13:1). And when Jesus cried, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46), God had turned his face away from our sin, only to raise his Son from the dead to undying, unsurpassed, and eternal glory.
Your suffering may be inscrutable today. But in reality it is preparing for you “an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:17). Take heart and hold on.
OK, pick on my words and the lack of omniscience and omnipotence in the way I phrased that if you like, but the message is not "God will make everything alright for you." The message is "Even Christ suffered because that was what mattered most in the big Godeye scheme of things." See, your suffering is not always about you!
He is God for crying out loud and you, or me, are just one tiny speck of like in a universe full of life. There is a lot more at stake than just your, or my, individual situation. The lesson we need to learn is that we do not matter that much.
Think about it, kind of takes your mind off the perceived suffering, doesn't it?
In this day and age there is no more important lesson than to get over oneself.