Archive for December 19th, 2008

Job 3

Job 3 is a chapter filled with despair.  Job is having a bad day, bad week and feels like a bad life.  He has gone from being on top of the world to not feeling like he can even see the bottom of things.  Job wants to escape the pain and hurt.  He speaks out and breaks “the silence”.  Is it ok to question God?  Job asks the “why” word five times in this chapter and throws in a “where” and “who” for good measure.  God is not irritated when we ask why?  He knows that we don’t understand all that happens in life.  He knows that we will have questions when things seem to go wrong.  When a child dies, when people suffer, when hunger is causing pain.  He is not offended, but the question is, what do we do after the why?  Questioning is a natural part of being human.  And the answer is that we won’t know the answer to a lot of the why questions we ask.  God alone knows that and we only “see dimly” for now as it says in Corinthians but someday we will see clearly.  Someday we will understand why things happen.  God does have a plan – not always clear or apparent to us – but always a plan.  And His plan “always works together for good” as it says in Romans 8:28.  Always – that is a powerful truth we need to cling to.

 

So the real question is whether we are able to trust God even when we can’t answer the questions.  Are we willing to believe that what He has said in His Word are true?  Can we put our faith in His promises and believe that in every situation He is in control and has a perfect plan for us?  God wants to have us live with that kind of faith.  Job exhibits it in his life.  It is not easy, it does not make sense, and people will challenge our decision to live in faith as well.  They may make fun of us.  They will call us crazy.  But God is faithful.  He never leaves us nor forsakes us.  He has our best interest in His hands.  He loves us and paid a very steep price for us through Jesus.  We should feel free to break the silence, talk with God, and then we need to fall back on God’s truth and trust Him.  Can you do that?  Can you trust Him even when you don’t have the answers?  That is what real faith is.  Hebrews tells us it is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”.  It is not simple.  But it is important we get there……are you ready?

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