The Tension of Pain and Joy

Job 4:1-21, Psalm 77, Ephesians 2:1-10 (read online ⧉)

Job’s friend, Eliphaz, was one of 4 friends that came to visit Job in his time of trouble. While, ultimately, they misspoke of , at other times they spoke truth of and Job. Eliphaz told Job that he was a teacher of and a ful believer. Wouldn’t we all want people to say these things of us? Yet, then he lectures Job about Job lamenting his situation. This ex pattern is something we have all experienced, and probably even followed.

There has been a tendency to lecture people who are in emotional, ual, and/or that they need to be more joyful, more , more ful. When we look at all the woeful, lamenting words of Job, including even his questioning of (and where was in all of his troubles), Job did not . It is not to say that Job never ned, but in the words that we have from him, he did not . There is something important here. It is okay to mourn, grieve, lament.
Part of Lent is the aura of mourning, grieving, and lamenting. The overarching theme of Lent is that we know what is coming, . The reason for is mourning, grieving, and lamenting. The reason is . Sin was so deep and so pervasive only breaking in could fix it. On the cross, the Son of died.

Under it all, it wasn’t that Job stopped , it was that he was hurting. Despite the anguish of Lent, underlying it there still remains truth and joy.

“…, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ…”

We must disregard the mourning, grieving, and lamenting of Lent, for when we do, we undermine the truth of .

1) Do you find it difficult to be joyful while grieving, mourning, or while in ?

2) At what point, do you think, our lamenting (grieving, mourning or ) turns into something that dishonors ?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.