Job 38:1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Yesterday, I spoke about the times in our lives when we are blinded to God’s presence by our circumstances. This is a reality that we all experience from time to time. Job was a godly man, a man that had an exceptional walk with God. The LORD told Satan that there was none like him in all the earth. Yet, during his darkest days he couldn’t seem to find God. He had lost all his wealth, his ten children, and even his health. His wife told him he should curse God and die, then his friends showed up and eventually accuse him of having sin in his life and that was why he was suffering so. After a time of justifying himself to his friends in the face of their claims of the sinfulness in his life, GOD SHOWED UP!
The LORD spoke to Job out of a whirlwind. The was no more doubting the presence of God. Job not only saw God’s presence, but could hear him loud and clear!
When we experience heartache and grief, when we wonder, “Where is God?” in our circumstances, He will show up and make His presence known to us. It probably won’t be in the whirlwind, but maybe in a still small voice in our heart. The LORD will speak to us through a passage of Scripture, or He will make His presence known to us in a church service. It may be as we pray His presence fills the room and we can feel his comfort as he speaks peace to us.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
The promise from Scripture is that God will comfort us in ALL our tribulation. As we navigate our trials of life, we need to deal with them by faith, knowing the God of all comfort will show Himself real to us.
With that promise also comes a command for us to comfort others. There is a world of hurting people that could sure use the comfort that only comes from the LORD. May we share the comfort of God with those we come in contact with today. It may be that God will show up for them, through us!