Posted by: kathryngraves | June 15, 2012

Be Like the Morning

“Because you would forget your misery, And remember it as waters that have passed away, And your life would be brighter than noonday. Though you were dark, you would be like the morning.” Job 11:16-17

Job’s well-meaning but mis-guided friend urges Job to repent when it wasn’t sin that made Job suffer. But the not-so-friendly friend unwittingly declares a truth.

You and I may not be suffering because of sin in our lives. We may have done nothing to bring this on ourselves. Make no mistake, some suffering is the result of our own, or someone else’s sin. But not all suffering comes as a result of sin. Far more often, it is simply the sovereign will of God, so that in our weakness, He will be strong. This kind of suffering is for His glory. It is to make a point to His enemies that we will glorify Him just because we love Him, not because of anything we gain from Him.

When we glorify God in the midst of our suffering, when we refuse to blame God or to wallow in our pity, then the truth in these verses begins to rise up from the dust. Our lives do become brighter than noonday. We walk right out of the darkness into the morning. This is our hope. This is what we know will happen.

As we suffer and give God glory in it, our lives do shine. Others can look at us and be pointed directly to God. We are the hope of morning to them. We don’t suffer as those who have no hope.

One day, all this misery will be behind us. One day we may even forget our suffering. I’m already past the worst, and as I keep moving forward, the depth of my grief and intensity of my pain recedes into the distance. Let’s try to remember that we’re lights along the way for others, like the morning. It helps us when we can find purpose in our suffering and grief.



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