Have you ever asked God, “Lord, why did you allow that to happen to me?” or “God, where are/were You when that happened to me?” I have. I did. I remember one time in particular, when I was 16yrs old. I had been living for God for about 1 1/2 years at that point. My home was filled with anger, fear, threats, and abuse. At that point I had expected God to rescue me and He hadn’t. I was asking God, “Where are You?!!” He led me to read Job but I saw something I had missed all that time.
In Job chapter 1 we’re introduced to Job. He was perfect and upright. He was one who feared God, revered him and stayed away from evil. He had 7 sons and 3 daughters. He must have been favored by God. Sons represented God’s blessing. He also had 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He was wealthy and honored. The richest person in that area and time.
Well, one day the members of the heavenly court presented themselves before the Lord. Satan came with them. God asked Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.” He wasn’t just watching. In 1 Peter 5:18 were warned to Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. That’s why the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job?” Job 1:9 Satan replied, “Yes, but Job has a good reason to fear God. 10 You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. Satan had to get God’s permission to trouble Job.
Wow!!!! The trouble I had experienced growing up and attacks I was experiencing right then, could not happen without God’s permission. We are also told in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted (or troubled) above that ye are able; but will with the temptation (trouble) also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
You are stronger than you think. Give God your pain, your hurt, and your wound, and allow Him to heal it and show you how to glorify Him through it.
Job held on to the truth that God loved him. Because Job would not let go of that truth, God blessed him with more than he lost.
God loves you. You are stronger than you think.