I have some friends who are struggling through a Job-like season right now – a time when everything seems to be coming against them and they can barely keep their heads above water. Constant change. Constant uncertainty. Constant stress. Exhausted and destabilized, they are struggling mightily to hang on to anything resembling hope. And in the midst of all the chaos, trying to conceive.
Where is God in all this?
The Bible says He is “our refuge,” “our strength,” and “an ever-present help,” but He doesn’t feel ever-present to them. Never-present is more like it. They can’t seem to find any refuge, and they are running very low on strength. So, now what do they do?
God Calling, the devotional book I discovered on vacation, has the answer:
“To see Me, you must bring Me your cares and show Me your heart of Trust. Then, as you leave your cares, you become conscious of My Presence.”
If they want to find the refuge, the strength and the help God offers, these are the steps to take:
1) “…bring Me your cares…” – Vent honestly; Job did. Take every hurt and heartache to the One who is always ready to listen, who never resents your need or refuses you compassion. He is waiting for you – hoping you will choose Him over whatever comfort you might seek (and fail to find) in the world.
2) “…and show Me your heart of trust” – Don’t dump your problems and run; stay long enough to show God your desire to trust Him, despite your circumstances. Let Him see in your heart a longing to look past this moment’s struggles, and a choice to believe in what you know about His character, His faithfulness and His love.
3) “Then, as you leave your cares, become conscious of My Presence” – Hand Him your burdens. Release your grip and let them go. Give them to Him as a trust-based offering. As you do, you will find yourself able to turn your focus away from them and toward His presence. That shift of focus may not last long at first, but keep repeating these 3 steps. You will become increasingly aware of His ever-presence. And in that realization, you will find the comfort and hope you cannot find anywhere else.
When I went through a Job-like season, I got so desperate I was willing to try anything. Virtually everyone and everything I’d assumed would comfort me failed to, sooner or later. Only God never failed. That realization — tested and proven in trial by fire — was the great blessing of the season.
My friends are in the process of receiving the same blessing. Although they can’t see it, I truly believe it. Suffering is a door none of us would ever choose to open. But sometimes, it leads us straight to the heart of God.
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