A friend and I were talking about a time in our lives when God turned things upside-down, confused and even disappointed us.
It was faith-bending at first because it seemed like we'd overestimated God. But, in the end, it was faith-building because we'd actually underestimated Him.
We often underestimate God.
That's why God gave us the Book of Job.
When Job's world crashed around him, he proclaimed the unshakable bottom line of true faith: “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised" (Job 1:21).
However, when things got worse, Job also began to underestimate God's love and wisdom. So God gave Job the only answer any of us need--the reminder that we are not all-wise and all-knowing, but He is.
Are you struggling with a trial that doesn't seem good or fair? I encourage you to read the final chapters of Job and remember that unshakable bottom line (Job 38-42:6).