“How does a mother bury her fourth child?” “How does a father go home without a job to return to and with bills to pay?” But we know God IS good. We know He has made a way for us. We know that even when we are faithless, He IS faithful.
Believers, we must live our lives here on earth knowing that we don’t belong here. We will escape the battles and the struggles one day.
It’s been a long time, a long hard slog, and we feel discouraged. We know God has helped us. We know He has seen us through so far… but will it ever end? Will we be hiding in the wilderness forever?? Will our finances ever get straightened out? Will our health, or the health of a loved one, ever get better??
“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed;
We are perplexed, but not in despair;
Persecuted, but not forsaken;
Cast down, but not destroyed”
~ 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
His life wasn’t making sense anymore, but Job wasn’t about to leave God and Job wasn’t going to pretend he understood what God was doing.
Whatever the circumstance may be, the cause for depression is often the same: “hope deferred”…
Recently, I have been going through a very difficult period of my life: things were on the verge of falling apart for my family and me. It seemed we had gone through storm after storm (financially)… and then came the whopper. We were taking on water and sinking fast. And just like the disciples, I wondered whether Jesus even cared…
In the midst of struggle tinged with pain
I must never once forget
That the Son who made the brightest skies
will raise me up to them yet.
Suffering may endure for a season,
And we wonder when relief will come.
Is this for a time of testing
A really deep trial for some?
God not only promises us a way out of every temptation, He also offers us rest. Not just for our souls, and not someday in the future – but right now and for our very flesh, even that part of us that constantly fights Him. “My flesh also shall rest in hope.”