Day 7: When You Just Can’t See Him

faith pinHave you ever, in the midst of a painful time, been unable to see God? Yeah, me too. I think this passage in Job is one of the more heart wrenching pieces of Scripture.

I travel East looking for him—I find no one;
then West, but not a trace;
I go North, but he’s hidden his tracks;
then South, but not even a glimpse. – Job 23:8-9 (The Message)

Job is looking. He is actively seeking some sign that help is on the horizon. And he is seeing none. Referencing this exact passage, T.D. Jakes (Power for Living,) has this to say.

Job said, “I see no help, no sign of God, in the future.” It actually is Satan’s trick to make you think help is not coming.

It’s just slight of hand. It’s a magician’s trick. It is Satan playing “now you see him and now you don’t.” Don’t be fooled. God is right there. He is as close as your next breath. Even in the midst of pain, Job knew this to be true.

But he knows where I am… – Job 23:10 (The Message)

When we just can’t see him, we can comfort ourselves with the knowledge that he sees us. Sometimes, it is more important to know him than to see him. Peter knew this to be true.

Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.

You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation. – 1 Peter 1:7-9 (The Message)

In the midst of your suffering, Satan whispers, “You can’t even see him.”

In the face of suffering, faith declares, “I don’t need to see him because I know that he sees me.”

Keep believing.

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For the introductory post to this series, as well as an ongoing index of all the posts, just click here. —> 31 Days of Faith

Day 4: Go With What You Know

faith pinPains of the past.

Fears of the future.

Troubles of today.

Life can be so difficult. It can be hard to wrap our minds around the heartaches and hurts that seem to fill the days.

I want to step out of the book of Job for a moment and look at Psalm 18. This passage was not on my radar when I began thinking about this series. I think we can all agree, however, that David knew a thing or two about suffering.

What I just adore about this Psalm is that, before addressing his current trial (and it was a doozy!), David first reminds himself of what he knows to be true of God. Only then, does he go on and express concern over his current circumstances. It is easy to become completely focused on the source of our suffering. It fills our vision. It occupies our thoughts. It steals our sleep. Then, as we worry and wonder and fret, we try to squeeze in a Bible verse here or a good quote from a Christian leader there. And we wonder why we just don’t feel any better.

Maybe David was on to something.

When you don’t understand. When you’re hurting. When you’re confused. When you’re lonely. When you’re disappointed.

Start with what you know and then go on from there.

I’m a teacher at heart and I love a good visual, so:

Psalm 18 Notes

Psalm 18 Notes

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For the introductory post to this series, as well as an ongoing index of all the posts, just click here. —> 31 Days of Faith

Day 3: Precious Promises

The house was empty and the car was loaded. My parents stood in the driveway – waving and crying. My husband had accepted a job several hours away and I was leaving home for the first time. Did I mention I had just had a baby via c-section two weeks prior? Yeah.

Fast forward eight weeks.

The place and position we had been called to turned out to be, well, not all that it had seemed. We found ourselves without a job, without a house, without anyone who cared for us and a really long way from home. 

We were angry.faith pin

We were confused.

We were disappointed.

We were, in that moment, broken.

I still remember my husband and I sitting in the bed late at night. Four children asleep down the hall. There, in the dark, we began to list everything we knew to be true of our God. Not what we could see in that moment because, truth be told, we couldn’t see a whole lot of anything good.

In the face of suffering, faith is taking a step back. It is taking a deep breath. Faith is reminding ourselves of what we know to be true, regardless of the madness circling around us.

I have treasured the words of his mouth
more than my daily food. – Job 23:12

Knowing God’s Word, His character and His promises are essential in the midst of suffering. We must be in His Word on a daily basis so that, when trials come, those promises are already in our hearts and our minds. A good promise to start with is Psalm 18:30 – seriously, it’s a good one.

This God – his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. 

His way is perfect. Not always easy. Not always safe. Not always popular. But perfect.

His word is true. There are many promises makers, but our God is the great promise keeper.

He protects all who run to him for safety. Not some. Not the good ones. Not the worthy ones. All.

Satan wants you to stand in the middle of your suffering and be overwhelmed and broken. Instead, step back for a moment. Find a quiet spot and ask God to bring to your mind everything you know to be true of Him.

Keep believing.

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For the introductory post to this series, as well as an ongoing index of all the posts, just click here. —> 31 Days of Faith

Day 2: The Reality of Heaven

I have a child that refuses to nap and a 9 year old learning long division. Lord bless. My brain is just tired. So, I went WAY outside of my comfort zone and did a video for y’all for day 2.

A few things.

Yes, I have a piece of candy in my mouth. Not sure what I was thinking there.

The ending was cut off because a child started crying and there was no way I was re-doing it. Just know that I was saying good-bye, thank you, etc.

I turned my whole computer around so that you could not see into my messy kitchen.

That loud beep around minute three? Yeah, sorry about that. I had Facebook running in the background. Ooops.

I think that about covers it.

Click on the link below and Enjoy!

→DAY 2

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For the introductory post to this series, as well as an ongoing index of all the posts, just click here. —> 31 Days of Faith