HE USES OUR PAIN
Dr. Michelle Bengtson
At times I've related to Job's relentless suffering. "Blameless" and of "complete integrity," he "feared God" and "stayed away from evil." In devastation and grief, losing his livestock, his children, and his home, Job fell to the ground and worshipped God.
When he lost his health, Job finally grew weary. Waiting for God to intervene in his desperate times, Job began to struggle. He questioned the purpose for his life and suffering, and wondered how long he would have to endure. Zophar offered insight regarding the purpose in Job's pain: "Having hope will give you courage. You will be protected and will rest in safety. You will lie down unafraid, and many will look to you for help" (Job 11:18-19).
Perhaps our pain is to encourage others.