How do we make it to the end?

You might be asking… to what end? Ok, let me explain.

Each of us has probably encountered a significant struggle in their life; it might be a dangerous job situation or just lost a job, diagnosed with cancer, lost a loved one, or maybe marital strife. All of these can shack anyone to the core, question one’s faith, or question why we are still here on this earth.

But then comes Job. That guy from the Old Testament, ya, he even has his own book. He was blameless. He had everything: seven sons and three daughters. Lots of sheep, camels, oxen, and donkeys. He was the richest in the entire area (Job 1:1-3). But what happened, he went through a very rough time. He lost his children, his property, his lost everything; and to top it off, terrible boils covered him from head to toe (Job 1:6-2:7).

You might be asking, “what is boils?” WebMD tells us that boils is “a skin infection that starts in a hair follicle or oil gland. At first, the skin turns red in the area of the infection, and a tender lump develops. After four to seven days, the lump starts turning white as pus collects under the skin.” So, image this all over your body, not fun at all.

Back to the Book of Job, you read how Job dealt with the boils–scraping them off, how others tried to console him with lousy advice; and finally how God restores him. We aren’t sure how long this restoration took, but to stay faithful to God it takes a strong person, especially when you don’t know how long the situation is going to last.

In Lysa TerKeurst book “It’s not supposed to be this way: finding unexpected strength when disappointment leave you shattered” Lysa makes an awesome statement “The Lord was with him (meaning Job). But everything about his circumstances begged him to no longer be with the Lord. And here’s what I imagine would have been the hardest part about being Job: being completely uncertain of the outcome. We read the book of Job in the context of knowing the restoration that comes at the end. It helps us not feel the true intensity of Job’s pain.”

Pain from life’s struggles hurts. However, how do we make it to the end of whatever we are struggling through, especially when we don’t know when it will end? For me, each time it caused me to refocus on what I was focusing on, especially when it wasn’t on God. Cancer wasn’t fun, and nor was suddenly losing employment; but in each case, I became better, and not worse, because of them.

Your turn. How have you come through a life struggle?

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