I spent much of last week saddened over the loss of life and devastation from the latest tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.
I felt flat lined in my emotions as I sat at my computer viewing the ruins, tears, and heartbreak brought to so many. Scenes like these always prompt questions in our hearts.
Where is God?
Does He see the devastation and destruction brought on by the whirlwinds of life?
Does He care about our heartaches and tears?
If God-fearing Job were alive today, he would certainly understand questions that arise in hearts when powerful storms enter our world and leave us with unbelievable loss and devastation. Job lost his family and all he owned in a very short period of time through a whirlwind of destruction.
Soon after his body was struck with terrible boils, leaving him sitting on an ash heap of suffering.
Read the story of Job in the Bible. Follow him in his early days of silence as he struggles to absorb the shock, hurt, and pain of his life.
The advice of his wife who told him to curse God and die.
The insensitive, human, battering, questions and answers, of “so called” friends—who thought they had all the answers to life’s calamities.
The words Job finally spoke, broke the silence, revealing self-righteousness and self-justification—cursing the day he was born.
Job never knew about the conversation about him going on in heaven between God and Satan. He never knew why God was asked to remove His hedge of protection, giving Satan permission to bring death and destruction to Job’s life and family.
There was much the man of God did not know nor understand during his long night of painful testing. No wonder he just wanted to end his suffering and die.
Finally the day came when “the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind”.
The answer came through a long list of questions. Here are just a few:
“Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me. “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding (Job 38: 1-4 NASB).
Read the full discourse of God’s conversation with his tested servant Job. Imagine the change in Job’s heart as God strongly, yet patiently revealed eternal truths of the Sovereign Lord of creation.
God’s questioning answers brought Job to his knees.
“I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye sees You; Therefore I retract, and I repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42: 1,5,6 NASB).
Fast forward towards the end of the book.
The LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning (Job 42:12 NASB).
When unbelievable calamities assault our world, we are encouraged to cry out to the God in heaven who sees, knows, and cares, about the events of our lives. One whose hands are stretched out to bring healing and restoration to broken lives as he did to Job’s.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, And He brought them out of their distresses (Psalm 107:28 NASB).
The Christian group “Mercy Me” wrote and published the song “When Hurt and Healing Collide”, in 2012. They recently dedicated it to those affected by last week’s tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. How appropriate for such a time as this. I hope you will take time to view the video and share it with others.