Hope Beyond the Dark Tunnel

By: Woody Godbey

The Book of Job has some very profound verses and this is one where Job says a mouth full! Job 42:5 says, "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You.”

I hate pain and suffering and to be truthful, I don't always do good while going through them. I'm not talking about a headache, tummy ache or a stumped toe but the real dark times. The first thing I usually ask is, why, what’s the point? Have you ever wondered about the point of your suffering? The darkness of the depression that surrounds grief or difficulty can be so deep and dark that it seems no light will ever penetrate, that no end is in sight. Earlier in Job:3, he wondered why life is even given to those who must suffer. It seemed to him that death would be far better than depression.

When we read the book in its entirety, we find that there was a point to Job’s pain and suffering. Job learned lessons through his suffering that he couldn’t have learned any other way.

Even though Job was a strong believer and knew God was his protector he learned that he had an intercessor and a witness in heaven, an advocate on high who counted his tears (Job 16:19-20) and could lift him out of his dark and despairing cell of depression.

Job also learned that God is the living Redeemer (Job 19:25), who would stand upon the earth at last. Job understood that he would experience life beyond the grave. He knew that one day he would have a new body instead of the terribly painful, disintegrating one he suffered with in this present world.

Job came out of his dark tunnel with new insight. In our text, Job was saying, "My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you” (Job 42:5). I love the saying that says, "You see God in the dark in a way you seldom see Him in the light". It's that glimpse of God’s glory, as Job discovered that made a terrible ordeal worthwhile. In other words, God’s presence became more important than God’s protection. God’s presence was enough.

Not if, but when you go through those dark times, remember, God is present! God Bless!!