A Context of Pain

Job 19:1-29

There is nothing like hope in the truth to clarify perspective and keep you going. Enduring a painful journey can be done a lot more easily if you embrace truth as your traveling companion. Not only will it give you hope, it will clarify your perspective. Truth reminds us that God is alive and just and good. I say again, wrong will ultimately be judged. Today may seem dark and terribly long, but there will be a bright tomorrow.

There is nothing like a lack of assurance to haunt your steps and make you afraid. Let me put it to you straight: If you are without the Lord Jesus Christ in your life, your steps are marked by uncertainty. And deep into the night when the lights are out and your head is sunk into the pillow, thoughts of your ultimate future will haunt you. Few thoughts are more frightening than not knowing where you will be when you die. If you die without Christ, you’re facing a fearful judgment. “It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). To have inner peace you need to know without a doubt where you’re going.

My wife and I have a commitment regarding giving our money while we’re alive. I like the old saying, “Do your givin’ while you’re livin’, then you’re knowin’ where it’s goin’.” With that in mind, be sure you’re believing right while you’re living, then you’ll be knowing where you’re going. It’s scary not knowing where you’re going.

Do you really know where you’re going? Is your eternal destination guaranteed? Amazingly, Bildad talked to the wrong man and with the wrong motive. He had a strong message, but it was for some other person. Could that person be you? If so, there is reason to be concerned.

Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Great Days with the Great Lives (Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2005). Copyright © 2005 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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