Finding Hope through Doubt
When misfortune hits, we tend to doubt. “God has left me,” we think. “He isn’t there; He isn’t real.”
When life for Job followed an upward trajectory, God felt real, present, and close. Then, when one-by-one, he lost a succession of possessions, employees, and loved ones, his mood changed. Not at first, to be sure. To his wife, he still maintained his trust in God and his perspective on God’s ultimate control. But by the time he assimilated all those body blows, he despaired of God. In his chapter 23 speech, Job uses a very powerful image to convey his frustration.
“Would I knew how to reach Him, How to get to His dwelling-place, ” Job says. “But if I go East–He is not there; West–I still do not see Him; North–since He is concealed, I do not behold Him; South–He is hidden and I cannot see Him.”
A key to finding hope through misfortune, as Job shows throughout, is total honesty. Everywhere Job turns, he says, God is absent. There are times we also feel bereft not only of possessions and loved-ones, but also of Him. If you face such a distressing time right now, why not let him know your frustration, how much you miss Him?
About Gordon Grose
Gordon Grose loves most to write, speak, and preach on the message of hope from the book of Job. Using drama, video, and PowerPoint, he has preached and presented this message of hope to churches around the country. Grose pastored three congregations 25 years, then served 12 years as a pastoral counselor in a Portland, Oregon counseling clinic. He now serves with Good Samaritan Counseling Services, Beaverton, OR.
A graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Brandeis University, and Boston University, he comes from a rich and varied background in theological and counseling training. In 2015, Gordon published Tragedy Transformed: How Job's Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours, a book about turning to Job for hope after tragedy.
If you have experienced life challenges or personal tragedy, visit his Transforming Tragedy (gordongrose.com) blog to learn more. TragedyTransformed.com provides a sample of Gordon's speaking as well as an opportunity to purchase copies of his book.
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