Job 42:2-6, NIV 1984
2 “I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.
4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.’
5 My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
6 Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes.”
Even as I have written previous blogs about suffering, it is still a mystery to many people why suffering comes and why is it even part of God’s plan. Altogether, suffering is still an issue that continually places heated discussions among circles of people. Indeed, some people rejected the idea of suffering being part of God’s plan and even contended that suffering instead is mark of an unbelieving heart. Job is a prime example on how suffering can change one’s life forever. While God may not be the one scheming our own suffering, definitely it is part of His plan as He allows them to happen in our life. The recently concluded Bible 365 College Camp reminds us of many lessons a believer can derive from suffering. I am reminded by Pastor BJ Sebastian’s message on suffering which tells us that suffering is good for our relationship with Him and our conformity to His will.
At the end of Job’s discourse with his three accusing friends, God suddenly buts in to the conversation. In the course of our suffering, we often question God of His faithfulness but in many instances like Job’s, God just enters in the middle of our questioning Him and reminds us that He is God and He knew everything right from the very start. He is in control of things and nothing happens, good or bad, that did not pass His thoughts. They even fall under His plan who made our very own suffering a trigger of God’s blessing for our life. As I have mentioned before, suffering is the most common factor between the triune God and man because God Himself suffered in various ways, especially Jesus Christ, the Son. Our experience with God in suffering will always leave an indelible mark of awe and worship for Him which is sure to change our lives forever.