Everyone has a story to tell:
you . . .
me . . .
While in my role as a Counselor I count it a privilege to listen to the stories of every person I serve, it is my goal to help every Client connect their story to the larger story of God’s Plan being worked out in their lives. That is why I do not place a huge emphasis on going through every single nuance of what contributed to why a new Client seeks help. Instead, my priority in each Session is to help each Client connect their story to Scripture early and often. Why?
Because the wisdom and perspective of the Bible combined with the mysterious working of the Holy Spirit in the human heart, provides the best source of healing there is.
In my weekly Bible study we just finished studying Job, which is actually a story within a story. It begins with a straightforward introduction:
“In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.”
Job was a godly man who was wealthy, respected and loved his kids. Life was sweet, but things were about to change. Six verses into the first chapter, a conversation takes place between God (who loves and esteems Job) and Satan. Job is never privy to the conversation that will result in the loss of his wealth, his children and his health. I won’t go into the details of the story except to say that it is full of drama as Job suffers the pain of loss in every area of his life. What compounds Job’s suffering are the accusations of his so-called “friends” who insist that Job or his children committed some hidden sin. Job insists that he has nothing to repent of. In 19:25-27 he makes this declaration in his painful anguish:I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand on the earth.
And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see Him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!
In the end, Job had to repent of doubting God’s goodness in his sufferings. In doing that, God’s purposes for Job were accomplished as he comes out of the experience with a deeper appreciation and confidence in his Creator.
Job’s story connected with God’s larger story as Job learned to trust God no matter what. And do you know what? That is exactly what God wants for you and me.
In this season of remembrance of the death and resurrection of our Savior Redeemer, it is my prayer that we will look at suffering differently. My prayer is that as we remember the sufferings of Christ on our behalf we will look at whatever trial we face as an opportunity to connect our stories with His. The Apostle John wrote in his first letter (2:1,2),
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
All to His Glory!