My devotional readings this week took me to the story of Job; that heart wrenching account of a “good” man trying to be faithful amid great tragedy, personal loss, discouragement, abandonment, and suffering. The book is often described as an allegory, which means that it is not believed to be true, that it contains deeper moral or hidden messages, and that things are not as they seem.
Still, the story is fascinating to me as more often than not, it reflects some of the day-to-day realities of our lives, though prayerfully not with so many challenges in such short succession.
“Where is God?” we might wonder during difficult times. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do the innocent (Job’s children for example) die in order to prove a point and while he is blessed with other children, they certainly can never replace the former ones. Why is life so unfair? Even Jesus joins us in this lament: “My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?”(Psalm 22:1, Matthew 27:46)
Sometimes our faith leaves us with more questions than answers but questions are good and good for us. They allow us to ponder and reflect deeper in ways we might not do otherwise. Some answers are learned only in hindsight and others never come to be realized.
In both Psalm 22 and the gospels, sorrow and despair give way to hope and joy. This too is our hope; this is our faith.
Grace and peace,