“I can’t be quiet! I’m angry and bitter. I have to speak!” (Job 7:11 TEV)
Ramblings from Lacy’s dad: Ah, Job. I get a lot out of the story, while for a long time Kris had a hard time with it. She’d ask why would God let one of His most faithful go through this? It is a hard story to get through, especially if you’ve been through bad stuff, too. “Why did God let me go though that?!?” But as I was reading yesterday, we are the created. God created us, just as Kris created an incredible dinner last night. She took raw potatoes, washed, peeled, cut them in to small cubes, BOILED, and then MASHED them to make the most incredibly delicious mashed potatoes!
Gold ore doesn’t have the beauty and luster of refined Gold, until its been through the fire. The beautiful diamond in a ring doesn’t look like that in the ground, not until after a master craftsman had painstakingly chipped and cut away, to end up with the final masterpiece. Are we that different? Could God have refined Job without the drama? Maybe, but aren’t the struggles and obstacles we overcome, what builds our faith in who HE is?
As Kris mentioned in class this morning, for those of us who love and follow Jesus, “that is what gives us our testimony”. Webster’s definition of testimony is: firsthand authentication of a fact; evidence. Job would tell you that our testimony is what gives the world evidence that God is real. That He loves us. That He is faithful, even when we don’t see Him. And when we are going through those storms, it’s ok to cry out to Him. Even to question Him. After all, He already knows our thoughts, doubts and fears.
Our lives with our victories, the storms we go through, yes, our testimony; is what helps authenticate God, His Word, and the new life that we have through His Son…you can’t argue with the beauty of a diamond resting in its setting, as it reflects the light….
Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshipped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:20-21)