Is my strength the strength of stones? Or is my flesh bronze? Job 6:12 NKJV
Job responded to his friend’s rebuke. He admitted his complaint against God was rash. He asserted his innocence and the unjustness of his circumstances. Job scolded Eliphaz for his harsh unkind words. Once again Job expressed longing for the comfort of death.
Would you agree with someone who is suicidal that death would be a welcome comfort? I wouldn’t. Life is a gift. It is sacred. When and how we pass into eternity is a decision best left to the Lord. Our struggles are light and momentary. Jesus is eternal!
Who can really understand another person’s grief and pain? There are clearly times when we cannot. There are times when words cannot comfort a grieving soul. Words can seem insensitive and unkind to a person in anguish of sorrow and grief!
Emotions do not have intellect. Decisions should be based on facts. But we should never stifle anybody’s feelings and emotions. We should always validate them.
The Word of God describes Jesus as a man acquainted with sorrows. Jesus understands the depth of emotions we feel. He experienced the warmth of human love and the camaraderie of fellowship.
Jesus experienced hunger, anger and weariness. He knew the pain of loss and betrayal. The Father turned from Jesus at his moment of greatest need. He learned what it meant to be abandoned and alone. Jesus also experienced excruciating pain and the sting of death!
Jesus does not expect us to put on a happy face and pretend all is well with our souls when it is not. We are not robots. We all have a breaking point. This world will take us right to it and beyond at times.
The Word of God tells us to rejoice with those who rejoice and to morn with those who morn. We must be ready to show our love and support by coming alongside and loving people right where they are. We can offer a shoulder to cry on and an ear to listen just as Jesus does when we turn to Him.
Jesus endured torture, humiliation and death on a cross because God was with Him. We can endure our trials and tribulations because Jesus is with us!
Our pain and loss will not automatically be replaced with joy. We can find a way to move forward. Jesus Christ is the Way the Truth and the Life. That is not a cold theological doctrine. It is not a nice platitude. It is a fact!
Jesus promised we would have tribulation in this life. That promise is kept every day. It is not a promise of death and defeat. It is a promise of victory and eternal life!
God promised a crown of eternal life to people who endure temptation and remain faithful. The Lord will keep His promise. Trust Jesus to help you keep yours!
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