Struggling with faithfulness

Daily reading: Job 42:1-6
Monday August 8, 2016

Focus passage: You said, “Who is this darkening counsel without knowledge?” I have indeed spoken about things I didn’t understand, wonders beyond my comprehension. Job 42:3

While faithfulness is an important part of our relationship with God and with our community of faith, it is something that we at times struggle with maintaining. 

The bible over and over again paints the picture of God’s people struggling with faithfulness contrasted against the never ending faithfulness of God.

We can resonate with these stories because the reality is that it is hard for many people to have faith in God.  Maybe they have never felt supported by anyone in their life and cannot imagine or trust that God would support them.  Others find it hard to remain in a faith community when they encounter members that are struggling with faithfulness and whose actions are hypocritical or who put limits on who is accepted and loved.

Other people may find once they really dive into the stories of the bible they cannot handle the questions over the inconsistencies that they find.

Others wonder if God is loving and God is just, then why do bad things happen to good people?

This is one of the central questions of the book of Job.

This parable of Job allows us to see how faith does not take us away from the struggles of life but can help to guide us through them.  It allows us to realize that faith that isn’t stagnant will be molded and will grow and ultimately change us.

Take time to think about the times you have felt God’s presence in your suffering.

Prayer:  God of the suffering Christ, I praise you for you have never abandoned me.  Your faithfulness is beyond comprehension.  Help me to accept my current reality and find your loving presence in the now.  Amen.


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