“If you are righteous… what does He receive from your hand?” (Job 35:7 (NKJV)
When we’re suffering it’s possible for us to ask the right questions and it’s also possible for us to ask the wrong questions. The greatest example of the right question to ask when we’re suffering is found in the character of Job. In his horrible suffering Job at first asked the wrong questions and then he finally asked the right question.
Early in his suffering Job asked his wife the wrong question when he asked, “Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” (Job 2:10) There is a sense in which the entire message of the book of Job turns on that question and its answers.
Through what I believe was a divine intervention, a young man named Elihu told Job that he had been asking the wrong question. He had placed his own opened hand at the center of his suffering by essentially asking what he should expect God to put in his hand because he has lived a godly and righteous life.
Job had been looking in to find the explanation for his suffering. Elihu told Job to look up and ask himself what he was putting in the hand of God by the way he was responding to his suffering. When Job did look up, he saw God in a great whirlwind and God asked him a great many right questions which helped Job understand and cope with his suffering.
If you’re suffering, are you willing to look up by asking that right question? If you will, it will show you how to understand and cope with your suffering in a way that glorifies God.