Job 42:1-5 " Then Job answered the Lord: 'I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. Hear, And I will speak; I will question you, and you declare to me. I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.' (NRSV)".

We have all experience stress at some point in our lives. These are usually difficult times to say the least. Steve McIntosh was going thru an especially stressful time, and found himself waking up in the early hours of the morning for no apparent reason. He grew increasingly frustrated as his mind would start reeling about all of the things that were creating the stress he was feeling. As a result, his body wasn't getting the rest it needed. Then one morning as he lay awake wondering why this was happening to him again, he once more asked God to help him get back to sleep. This time, however, he asked God, "Why?' And he phrased it more like a demand than a question. In the stillness of that night, it was as if God answered him by asking, "Who hears you? Who helps you? Who heals you?" He was quickly reminded that God always hears him; God always helps him; and God always heals him in a perfect way and time.

How many times do we ask God why our prayers are not being answered? I think we have all identified with Job at some point. When we see, as Job eventually does, that our suffering can lead us to a deeper understanding of God, we can persist in trusting God through all our struggles, just as Job did and just like Steve.

Dear God, help us, like Job, to persist in trusting you, even during times of stress and struggles. Amen

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