I despise my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone; my days have no meaning. (Job 7:16)
In the moment of our pain, it’s hard not to feel despair. When the news arrives of the death of a loved one or the discovery of the much-feared diagnosis, our immediate response is one of disheartenment. In Job’s case, his emotional state brought him to the conclusion that his life had lost all sense of purpose and meaning. The problem was that Job couldn’t see beyond his present circumstances.
Here’s the good news: in those moments when our world seems so dark, our heavenly Father has an opportunity to reveal His presence and His light.
Job’s future was anything but bleak; God hadn’t abandoned him at all. In fact, God was getting ready to pour out unimaginable blessings on Job’s life. When your circumstances seem impossible and it feels as though your days are no longer of any value, remember that you can’t see the end; you’re simply in the middle. Remember God’s promise in Romans 8:28, And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Father, there are moments when life seems so hard and the trials I’m facing seem so impossible. Even still, will you give me the strength to believe that you are by my side – that you haven’t abandoned me – and that you are working things together for my good? Help me to trust you more and more.