I’ve got a childhood friend that’s going through a difficult time right now.
His pain is coming from all angles. Things aren’t good with his wife. His job is a source of stress. He’s in a difficult relationship with his parents. He’s also experiencing some health problems.
It’s mid-January, and he’s already saying that 2017 just isn’t going to be a good year.
“I’d be better off dead….or I wish I’d never been born,” he told me.
It reminded me of a passage I recently read from the book of Job:
“Why did I not die at birth, come out from the womb and expire?” Job 3:11
You remember that story.
Job was a strong believer of God from the Old Testament. He had it all…family, wealth, relationships and influence. And in an instant- he lost it all. Everything.
And he wished that he’d never been born.
Eventually Job’s wealth, relationships, health and family are restored. He’s blessed more than ever before in the past. In his pain, he’s found a new outlook and life.
It’s hard to do, isn’t it?
Life can be overwhelming. Tragedy and trouble hit from all angles. It can wear us down and leave us downtrodden and hopeless.
We can wish we had never been born.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4:19
We have a great promise…a promise from Jesus that our needs will be met. It’s just not on our time- but in God’s time.
We can never know how our struggles might be preparing us for the future- equipping us to help others…or how to better respond to adversity in the future.
We can use our experiences to be an example for others- and help them with their troubles.
Please pray for my friend to recover from his pain. And let me know how I may pray for you.