Our Greatest Need in Suffering
Then Job answered the Lord and said: “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted …I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you…” – Job 42:1-2, 5
Pastor Mike shared with us last Sunday that the greatest need of every human being is to see God for who He truly is. More than that, in our suffering, our greatest need is to see who God is (leading to greater trust in God) rather than to seek answers to why suffering is happening.
How can that be true when in our suffering, our first response is often to ask, “Why am I suffering?”
Our Greatest Need in Suffering is God…
…Because of who God is.
God is all-knowing (Psalm 94:11). He is intimately aware of every thought, fear, need, and desire in your mind and heart. He is so aware that the secrets of human hearts will be exposed by God when he judges (Romans 2:16).
God has power over all things. There is nothing that is too far out of His reach. He spoke the world into existence and breathed humanity out of dust.
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” – Jeremiah 32:27
God is all-wise and all-good. God is revealed in His Word as the absolute, irrevocable standard of rightness. Words used to describe God include righteous, holy (utterly set apart from all else), and good.
“Of a truth, God will not do wickedly, and the Almighty will not pervert justice. – [Elihu speaking to Job about God.] – Job 34:12
God is gracious, loving, and kind. The absolute sovereign over all things does not owe His created things the smallest crumb. But, in the tenderness and kindness of God’s nature, He has given us a feast. God has revealed Himself to God-dishonoring fleas. God revealed Himself to Job–great grace. God reveals Himself to us–great kindness.
“For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” [Paul speaking to Titus about the state of every human before Christ and those in Christ.] – Titus 3:3-7
Because of who God is…
…When suffering comes our only hope is to see God.
If God is everything we just read and more, then seeing Him is our greatest good no matter the circumstances.
You are being crushed by the weight of depression. Pressure is on every side. He is God. He is great. Look to Him for hope in your depression.
When your child dies, the only rock to cling is the God who holds all things. He will hold you. Run to him.
Your body is wasting away from disease. If God is who He has revealed Himself to be, then disease and trouble is our call to find Him as an everlasting refuge and strength.
Our only hope is to see God and trust…
…Because if God is everything He claims to be, no human reasoning or worldly answer to our suffering will satisfy in comparison to the God who knows your every need.
Do not allow the bitterness of the world, steal your hope and joy in God.
Do not turn to temporary relief the world provides and forfeit your soul to the God who judges.
God, please help me see you so clearly that no pain, suffering, or loss turns my eyes away from you to the deceitfulness of sinful things.