Intellectually I do know- at least to some degree- about human suffering and challenges. I think I have a fairly good understanding of the Old Testament book of Job. Now there was one guy who felt the full fury of suffering. We have his example and his story all divinely laid out for us to help us during our tough times.
Humans will suffer and often because of no direct fault of our own. Bad stuff will just happen. We will struggle to come to grips with it and wonder why. Maybe we will even get angry with God and questions will flow. Why? We all want to know why. But one thing that Job teaches is that we may never know why- right now it is beyond our comprehension. We just have to face the struggles- with God. He will help us endure, grow through trouble and come out the better in the end. It worked this way for Job and it will for us. This I all know intellectually. I have read it, studied it and I believe it.
Now for confession time- considering the recent brutal murder of Heather Spencer; disease- expected and unexpected affecting friends and family; finding out about more churches of my acquaintance struggling through hurtful divisions and problems, I still find myself asking why. I find myself doing my best Job- whining a little bit, crying a little and hurting a little bit more.
I just cannot always understand emotionally the “whys” of it all.
I know I am not the first to wrestle with the problem of human suffering. The struggle to understand this weighty issue has even caused many to stumble right over and away from God. I certainly do not want that to happen to me.
So I go back to Job for help and guidance. I do find some answers there and I also find trust and faith there. To me this is the key. Truly I do not know why, but I know Him who does.
If I had my way all our problems would be eliminated, but I don’t and they won’t. Life will hit me hard again- sooner rather than later. And when that happens I do know that God will be there for me again. He will let me pour out all my emotions and ask all my questions. He will help me once more with a big dose of perspective and never once turn his back on me. He knows I am frail and weak and will be patient with me. He will direct me to my friend Job yet once again. He will once more remind me that I would not understand the why if he told me.
“Trust me, Danny. Trust me.” is what He will say.