If you’ve read through the book of Job, you know it’s heavy. Job dealt with more pain, suffering, and unbelievable tragedy than any of us will ever know. If what he dealt with wasn’t bad enough, his wife was a piece of work, and his so called “friends” weren’t much help either! Most of the book is the conversation between he and his friends as they rail on him, telling him he must have deserved the pain.

Toward the end of the book, one of his friends, Elihu, speaks up. He doesn’t have a lot of encouraging words, but there are a few gems if you dig…

“But by means of their suffering, he rescues those who suffer.

For he gets their attention through adversity.”

— Job 36:15 NLT —

What a perspective shift! We think we need to be rescued from suffering, but often times, God uses our suffering to rescue us! Pain is often one of the things God uses most effectively to get our attention.

In his book, The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis spoke of pain this way:

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

Instead of asking God to get you out of it, ask Him what you can get out of it. There’s a lesson in it, I promise. Hold on. Like it was at this point in Job’s story, God’s voice and your freedom may be just a few chapters away!

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