"Though I say, 'I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my sad countenance and be cheerful'" (Job_9:27 NASB).
Rejections, defeats, and failures that all of us have experienced can create enough negative feelings to destroy us. Be careful! Often the most painful wounds are not the scars that are outwardly seen, but the hidden wounds deep in the heart. Being hidden, they are often the most dangerous.
Setbacks in our lives can take the joy out of living. Our faith is weakened and if we collect enough hurts it will stop us from wanting to press forward. Even success can make one the target of criticism. Don't let the hurts hurt you!
Look at Job. A man of the land of Uz, blameless, upright, one who feared God, and one who turned away from evil. Job had seven sons and three daughters, a beautiful family. He was considered "the greatest of all the men of the East." He lost it all in the twinkling of an eye. He lost his health, wealth and family. He hurt. His wife hurt. His friends hurt. He was knocked down but not out. He had lost some of the passionate power to grow and some of his enthusiasm had diminished but he checked his negative thinking and that of his wife and friends and stated, "I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my sad countenance and be cheerful." How could he do that after undergoing so much hurt?
Along the shoreline in California it is a common sight to see whales stopping alongside rocks to scrape off barnacles as they migrate from Alaska to Mexico. In our lifetime we also will pick up a collection of personal hurts that will attach themselves like parasites sapping the life out of us. They must be scraped off.
How did Job do it? The same way we can do it, through faith. Faith, faith in God and faith in His promises is the only thing that can heal the hurts. I have yet to find in God's Word where He ever broke a single one of His promises. Job scraped the barnacles off. It was painful! It hurt! The scars would remain but his life was put back together. Strong belief in God was the medicine. His wife, his friends could not help him, only God could!
Only God has to power to deal with all the bad things that happen in our lives. Only He is able to take the bad and bring about the needed healing and still use those things for His glory.