A few weeks ago in our Bible Heroes Sermon Series we took a look at the Old Testament patriarch, Job. Job is a good man who endures incredible loss and devastating physical suffering, yet refuses to curse or blame God. Interestingly, the book of Job never answers the question why? God never explains the reason for Job’s suffering. Yet, through the process Job comes to a deeper understanding of God’s sovereign greatness. Job says, “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you” (Job 42:5). The take-away from the book of Job is that “God is God” and His ways are beyond our understanding. The bottom line is God wants us to trust Him.
A more modern example of Job like faith is found in the story of Horatio Spafford, the author of the familiar hymn “It is well with My Soul” What you may not know is that Spafford wrote that hymn after his four daughters were lost at sea when the ship they were traveling on sank in the North Atlantic.
As Spafford traveled to be with his wife who survived the shipwreck, he passed the spot where his four daughters had drowned. He penned the words that so graphically described his grief. When sorrows like sea billows roll.
And yet the amazing thing about that hymn is that Spafford doesn’t focus on the loss. He doesn’t ask God why? He declares in faith, whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul.
Some of you this morning may feel like poor old Job. Don’t waste your time wondering why and trying to find a reason for your trial. Instead, put your trust in the One who will never let you down. Say with Isaiah “I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” (Isaiah 12:2)