“Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong.” – Job 6:24
Even after such extensive loss and the addition of extreme physical anguish, Job still cried out to God, honestly seeking Him. More than that, he wanted to know how he had sinned, and was in search of either restoration or an end to such suffering.
It is easy to ask for our suffering to cease when we are in a space of pain. My default is rarely, “teach me, and I will be quiet.” Rather, it seems that I must wrestle with the wreckage a bit before I recognize the reality that I must simply be still before Him, and ask Him to teach me to trust. As He instructs, He corrects, redirects, and creates calm in the eye of the storm. He alone is our Source and our space of comfort, correction and peace; ever present, and always available to extend His hands to hear our hearts through the heartache.
Though life can be hard, even agonizing at times, God is ALWAYS good. He is always the same; never swayed by our circumstances, nor by our lack of faith. “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.” – 2 Timothy 2:13
He who dwells in us will whisper softly to our hearts so that we might hear Him, even in the depths of darkness and despair.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are far more faithful than our frail eyes can see. Please show me where I have been wrong and lead me to the light of Your forgiveness and grace. Remind me to be quiet before You, so that I might hear Your instruction and understand how I am to allow Your strength to stand, rather than my own. Lead us to learn how to lean on You, and not our own understanding. In that space, of total dependence on Your grace, may all hearts be ushered into Your holy place. Amen.