Coming Forth As Gold

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Recently a good friend of mine lamented to me that she found herself on her knees one night begging for the Lord’s mercy and divine intervention. When it didn’t arrive on time she related to me that she looked towards the heavens and cried, “Where are you?” My friends experience was very similar to my own when many years ago I spent a night in suffering and prayer only to hear myself utter the same lament in despair.

Surely all of us who have traveled any distance in life have felt, at least once, the same thoughts of Job, “Why me? I’m a good person, I don’t deserve this!” Yet, many followers of Christ, who I have personally met, get past this phase of lament and move onward. They have privately rehearsed to me words similar to the thoughts expressed by the suffering Job:

“Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23: 8-10)
All of us will have ‘Job’ times in our lives. Some of our pain may last a lifetime. But let us remember, as did Job, that even though it seems that the Lord has abandoned us, He has not. Let us hold to the faith and let the Lord ‘know’ the way that we take. Then, after the trials, we ‘shall come forth as gold.’

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