Discouraged? (Job 3:11)

THOUGHT FOR TODAY:  Discouraged?

Have you ever felt so down, so bewildered, so disoriented, so distraught, so fearful and frustrated as Job when he asked himself this question:

“Why did I not die at birth? Why did I not perish when I came from the womb?" (Job 3:11). 

You DO remember that time in life when these words escaped your lips:  "It would have been better had I never been born!" 

Like Job, you may be tested and your world will be shaken to its very core. Everything will be stripped away, and you alone are standing naked before God. You are on trial to see if you love Him more than earthly treasures, possessions, family and fame. This is excruciating personal grief and agony; it hurts!

And it is very common.

Are you a BITTER person or a BETTER person after enduring life's tribulations? Pain and suffering should bring us into a depth of relationship with God that few ever experience. My only advice is to weather the storm.  Like Job, you have also been given the gift of life and you will experience God's grace and eventual restoration.