Editorial – Disappointment Usually Brings Unbelief

“Into the experience of all there come times of disappointment and discouragement, days when sorrow is the portion, and it is hard to believe that God is still the kind benefactor of His earth-born children—days when troubles harass the soul till death seems preferable to life. It is at such times that many lose their hold on God, and are brought into the slavery of doubt, the bondage of unbelief. Could we at such times discern with spiritual sight the meaning of God’s providences, we should see angels of God seeking to save us from ourselves, striving to plant our feet upon a foundation more firm than the everlasting hills; and new faith, new life, would spring into being.” The Review and Herald, October 16, 1913

Job, in the day of affliction and darkness, said to God, “I wish I’d never been born. All these things have happened to me and my grief and fear are too great for me to bear. My life is pointless and I hate it. Please, my God, let me die, and then I will have peace.” (Job 3:1; 6:2, 8–10; and 7:11, 15, 16)

But God did not let Job die, instead giving him a message of hope. “Job, you are faithful and should not fear to live. Misery and suffering are like water that soon washes away. I will make your life to be like the sunshine in the morning. I will keep you safe.” (Job 11:15–19)

Job’s heart was uplifted with implicit trust in the mercy and power of God, and with triumphant rejoicing he declared:

“Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him. … He also shall be my salvation … . For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth. And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God.” Job 13:15, 16; Job 19:25–27

“The Lord … revealed to His servant the might of His power. When Job caught a glimpse of his Creator, he abhorred himself, and repented in dust and ashes. Then the Lord was able to bless him abundantly, and to make his last years the best of his life.” The Review and Herald, October 16, 1913