I meet once a week with a dear sister in Christ who lives in Pakistan. We go through God’s Word together, pray, and discuss what God is showing us. We learn a lot from the Holy Spirit and one another. This is personal discipleship and we both love and cherish this weekly time spent together. My husband and I actually spend many hours every week discipling others. We wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. This is fulfilling the Great Commission that Jesus gave us–to go into all the world and make disciples of all the nations, teaching them to obey all that He commanded. And this process should be being replicated in all of our lives. We make disciples that make disciples that make disciples, and so on and so forth.
Right now, we are studying the book of Job together. And I thought that today’s take-away from chapter 3 was share-worthy. In fact, in my work this morning, I was actively looking for some random person I could share this message with! I never came face-to-face with anyone, but my other sweet, dear friend from Canada (yes, we have friends in a lot of other countries…that’s how God is working in our life lately) was messaging with me earlier and the Holy Spirit told me, “Here’s your person! Share it with her!” She was encouraged by it, so I thought I would share it here as well!
So, my beautiful sister from Pakistan asked me this at the beginning of our call, “I’ve always heard people say that Job never complained, but he complained through this whole chapter!” And I told her yes, she’s exactly right. It was very easy for us to see that he cursed the day he was born (never cursed God), but he wished he was dead and didn’t understand the point of his life since he was in all this affliction. Like I told her, a lot of the things we learn from the culture/traditions/even family, etc. are wrong and have just been passed on for only God knows how long or where they came from originally, but that when we read God’s Word and we find fault in our preconceived ideas or interpretations of Scripture, we must change our thinking to align with God’s Word, as it always must be the authority. She was really shocked about this and it was like her eyes were opened for the first time. She is such a good student of the Word because she truly wants to know and understand and she’s always pondering and asking me such great questions! We have very thought-provoking conversations every week and I can always tell she is eager to learn more.
Anyway, I told her that yes, Job was experiencing a time of immense grief and also great physical pain and he was truly asking, “Why God!? Why me!?” He really couldn’t understand the purpose that God had for all this pain in his life. And like I explained to her, what really stood out to me was that Job was open, real, honest, and raw with God. He didn’t hide or sugar-coat His questioning and lamenting over His situation. I told her that a lot of times, we hold back those honest emotions because we either think they may be sinful or arrogant or wrong of us to question God…but God made us and He knows us (even better than we know ourselves) and He wants us to take off our masks and be open, real, and raw and lay it all out on Him. He knows our hearts and our thoughts anyway. And a lot of times we just bottle things up or we hold them back, but as we saw Job, David, Jeremiah, and many other biblical figures do, they would just pour out all their grief, anger, doubts and struggles, just whatever emotion they felt and then you would see them remind their own hearts of God’s goodness and His character and they would come full circle back around to praise (a lot of times just within a few verses)!! It’s actually beautiful to read and I just encouraged her that God wants that kind of deep and open relationship with each of us too-where we don’t come to Him in pretense but in genuineness and honesty, even when we don’t understand. Even when times are difficult. Even when we’re afraid. Even when we ARE in sin (if that’s the case)—-because He is the only One who can offer what our soul needs-forgiveness, mercy, grace, compassion, love, care, guidance, direction, etc. Whatever we need. Only He can truly fulfill for us.
Anyway, it was a wonderful lesson and I hope you can take something away from this too. Go to God with anything, be real with Him, and let Him fill you with peace. God bless!