We all have had a personal crisis or are now going through a life storm. We pray to God asking “Why?” And there seems to be no answer. If so, we’re just like Job. After the death of his children, losing his fortune and listening to critical friends, in ashes and rags, Job asked God the “Why” question. God spoke to Job, not his friends, but to Job. Instead of words of consolation, God asked unanswerable questions, showing Job he had no right or understanding to call for the reason for all his trials. Tough love! Before God’s arrival, Job felt abandoned. But God was there and by their conversation, physically present. Job felt reassured, loved like an erring child with his loving father.
This was a good point for us. Even though we are in our own storm, we can rest assured that God is always with us, doesn’t abandon us. Reinforcement is seen in Philippians 4:5-7: “The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
God, give us a sense of your presence. Amen. — C/GW