I was cleaning the bathroom when I received the text from my dad. He was responding to a request I made for him to babysit the kids one evening. He traveled for work and, so, I never knew when he would be in town.
I looked at my phone and read the text. It won’t be a problem for me to babysit. I’ve just been laid off.
Immediately, I was sick to my stomach. At that point in time, my mom was still on medical leave from work recovering from cancer surgery where they had removed one of her kidneys. I had watched my parents bravely battle cancer for nine months with unwavering faith. And now this.
I believe this is where we find Job in chapter six. He has lost so much. He is enduring such pain. So, he cries out to God.
Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze? – Job 6:12
How strong do you think I am, God? That is what Job is asking. How strong do you think I am?
Maybe this is your question of the day, too. If so, there is an answer.
He remembers that we are dust. – Psalm 103:14
God knows exactly what we are made of because he did the making. If you are studying your current struggle and trying to see if you are strong enough, you are focusing on the wrong source of strength. You do not need to have the strength of stones to endure. You just need a strong tower to run to and be safe (Proverbs 18:10.)
In the midst of suffering, Satan will whisper, You’re not strong enough.
In the face of suffering, Faith says, I know, but he is.
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