My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Job 42:5
“My ears had heard of you....” Job’s description of his understanding of God in the midst of a life of worship, upright living, family blessings, and abundance. It was a good life. A great life..
“...but NOW my eyes have seen you.” Job’s description of his understanding of God after unimaginable, prolonged suffering and perceived silence from God for a season...followed by the voice of God. But not explaining why Job was going through what he was going through, not an affirmation of God’s love and protection of Job...instead a long lesson on who God is. And in this, Job experienced God’s presence, power, majesty, authority, depth. What he knew, he now KNEW. His eyes had seen.
Going through the trials facilitated open eyes. Deeper understanding. Greater appreciation. The pain wasn’t erased but the revelation that resulted was life-changing.
Job never learned the why, but he learned more about the who; His creator. And in that, he praised. The restoration came after in great measure, but that wasn’t the cause of the praise. Job saw his God.
If you are in the middle of prolonged pain and what feels like silence and darkness, know that God is there. God is good. God is in control more than you can even fathom. Stick with Him, even in your questioning and doubt. Revelation and deeper relationship sprout from suffering more than from abundance. The pain isn’t always caused by God, but it can always be used by God. I’m praying not one ounce of suffering goes to waste. God, let us KNOW what we know.