Well Worth The Pain

Please, God, I have two requests;
    grant them so I’ll know I count with you:
First, lay off the afflictions;
    the terror is too much for me.
Second, address me directly so I can answer you,
    or let me speak and then you answer me. Job 13:20-22 (NLT)

Doesn't this sound like us sometimes? Something goes wrong and our response is to say to God "STOP!" And our second response is to ask him "What are you doing?" and "Why won't you answer me?"

When we are faced with trials and tests and life's yucky stuff, we want to know what God is doing and we want him to stop. But you see, it's in this place, in our place of helplessness that we grow closer to God. We've lost our self-sufficiency and we have nowhere else to go. We move closer to him and he draws near to us.

And that is what God wants. He wants our hearts. He wants us to be in a relationship with him so he allows the challenges to come. Then, at the end we can say like Job did "Before I only heard of who you were through others, now I know for myself." And just like with Job, knowing him yourself is well worth the pain.