It is not easy to say that God is love… 


Job says, “I cannot find any rest in your reasonings or in my own, and I refuse to avoid the facts in order to make a rational statement.” Job had perfect confidence in the character of God though he did not understand the way He was taking. “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15). We sometimes wrongly illustrate faith in God by the faith of a businessman in a check. Faith commercially is based on calculation, but religious faith cannot be illustrated by the kind of faith we exhibit in life. Faith in God is a terrific venture in the dark; I have to believe that God is good in spite of all that contradicts it in my experience. It is not easy to say that God is love (1 John 4:8) when everything that happens actually gives the lie to it. Everyone’s soul represents some kind of battlefield. The point for each one is whether we will hang on, as Job did, and say “Though things look black, I will trust in God.”

From “Our Ultimate Refuge: Job and the Problem of Suffering” by Oswald Chambers. 

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