Muscles waste away; records plummet; cancer ravishes the body; prodigals walk away; evil overcomes; ministry partners separate; divorce prevails; churches split; the cradle remains empty; best friends don’t do life together anymore…
Elijah was running away from a faithful ministry. Moses was running away from a familial majesty. Job was running away from a fearful misery. All these men were misunderstood and in pain of confusion.
These are things believers in Jesus wish that don’t happen to them because Jesus promised life in abundance and grace that overcomes. Yet, they happen and people of hope walk painfully defeated at times. They hear the enemy shouting and their hearts cry out, “My heart and my flesh fails.”
Uncontrollable Confusion Is a Guarantee in Life
I went through burying a daughter in my life thinking, I have paid the highest price and nothing else can shake me now. I was wrong. Intense suffering for me was not standing on her bedside and releasing my daughter’ s hands into the cold grips of death, while my warm hands pulled away; it was cold hands of betrayal releasing my warm heart into an agonizing death of camaraderie and sisterhood some years later. While I stood over my daughter’s grave and laughed at the sting of death, I was buried under the hopelessness of relational losses and wept over the stings of some denial and rejection.
On this side of eternity, it is not possible to live a life that is guaranteed of no pain. Rather a life of joy and pain are almost always guaranteed and in some seasons, uncontrollable confusion reigns.
Circumstances and Uncertainties Begins to Shout Louder than Faith
Sometimes in life, God allows our foundations to be shaken. When foundations are shaken, what will the righteous do? Thankfully I was not the first one to ask it, but the psalmist did.
When foundations are shaken, the righteous are confused. When the arrows of the wicked pierce their hearts, they are in darkness and fear. Fear speaks louder in their souls than faith. We echo the empty words of our soul like Job did (Job 38:2). Worthless words like Jeremiah did (Jeremiah 15). Pitiful words like Jonah did (Jonah 4)
And then we hide like Elijah ( 1 Kings 19:9); We remain estranged like Moses; Despondent like Job. Until we hear the voice of the Lord again.
The Voice That Prevails Over the Shouts of Enemy
Almost always, the turn around happens from hearing the Lord speak. Sometimes the still small voice after the earthquake and the storm, sometimes out of the unusual sightings, as in a burning bush. Sometimes out of the whirlwind as in Job’s case (Job 38:1). All these men heard the unmistakable voice of the Lord and they turned around.
The voice of the Lord spoke from the cross, in triumph, “It is finished.” John 19:30
The voice of the Lord rejoices over you with shouts of joy. Zephaniah 3:17
The voice of the LORD is over the waters. Psalm 29:3
The voice of the Lord is powerful. The voice of the Lord is majestic. Psalm 29:4
The voice of the Lord breaks cedars. Psalm 29:5
The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire. Psalm 29:7
The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness. Psalm 29:8
It does not matter what crisis we are going through, there is almost always the voice of the Lord speaking in the midst of it, shouting over the many waters, and ministering to us in the broken places. It is OVER the waters and SHAKING the wilderness.
Elijah heard that still small voice and came back to be restored to ministry . Moses heard that voice in the burning bush and came back to fulfill his calling. Job heard the voice of the Lord in the whirlwind and was restored to health and wealth. The enemy did not have the last word in any one of them. God did. His Voice did!
God Already Shouted in Triumph
By this I know that You are pleased with me, Because my enemy does not shout in triumph over me. As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, And You set me in Your presence forever. Psalm 41:11
In Calvary, Jesus cried in victory, “It is finished.” This is the shout of triumph that is never erasable from the believers life. By this, we live in His presence forever. The enemy’s shout has lost its sting and it is no more able to condemn us.
There is a voice that we need to constantly hear over the many waters that will let us know in times of utter confusion that God is still pleased with us.
The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare, and in his temple all cry, “Glory! Psalm 29:9