If only my anguish could be weighted and all my misery be placed on the scales!
When I was elected mayor, the mayor I’d defeated tried to have me recalled, and his cabinet refused to resign. I was stuck working with a truly disloyal bunch until I fired the ringleader, the police chief. (He sued me for that. I won.) It was hell for a couple of years.
I found myself, during that time, reflecting on the Book of Job. Job underwent trials far worse than mine; he endured, he remained faithful to God, he submitted to God’s will, though he didn’t immediately understand it, and in the end Job is vindicated.
The Book of Job was spiritual encouragement I needed at the time. It’s a hard lesson but a good one.
The important thing to do, when you’re in difficulties, is to stop asking God, “Why me?” You’ve been put in your circumstances for a reason. You might not understand the reason, but you need to remember that if you walk with God, you will triumph, because “God withholds no good thing from those who walk uprightly” (Ps. 84:11). For me, I went on to be reelected until I was term-limited out, serving successfully and moving up from there!
Sweet Freedom in Action
It sounds like a cliche, but things really do happen for a reason. Don’t try to figure out the reason – that’s God’s business. Just do the best you can, relying on God’s grace and mercy.