May 26

Job 24-28, Psalm 141

C.S Lewis said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains:it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”  Throughout this book we witness Job groaning in continuous physical and emotional pain.  To Job, as he continues to defend himself, his situation makes no sense, The late radio broadcaster, Paul Harvey, had a show called “The Rest of the Story” where he would weave interesting stories with surprise endings.  Though Job’s suffering seems to make no sense to Job, we know the rest of the story.  In James 5:10-11, it says, “My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience.  Indeed we count them blessed who endure.  You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord-that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.”  The Bible is full of such stories.  In Genesis, we read about Joseph who was betrayed by his brothers and sold into slavery, only to be betrayed by his owner’s wife and thrown into prison.  It isn’t until many years later that this story makes sense.  The Gospel story of Jesus including His rejection, beating and crucifixion makes no sense without His resurrection.

The same holds true for each and every one of our individual stories.  All of us have had our share of pain and suffering.  We have lost loved ones, have prodigal children, some have had marital or financial issues.  Many, like Job groan and question why.  But like Job, we don’t know the end of our story.  For Job, we will see at the end restitution and blessing.  For us, our blessing may not occur until eternity, but if we fix our eyes on Jesus, our story will end well. 

In Revelation 1:3, John says, “Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take it to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”  Like our individual lives, as we look at the world that we live in with it’s violence, terrorism, abortion, sexual immorality, etc, it is easy to groan and feel discouraged.  But Revelation gives us the end of the story.  It says, someday, Jesus will triumph over all the forces of death and Satan.  His victory is complete.  For those who put their trust in Him, we know that despite our circumstances He wins, and we win also.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato