October 12 – Today’s Readings – Job 1-3 and Psalms 102
First of all, let me say that there are things that happen in the heavenly realms and in the sovereign knowledge of God that we simply won’t understand till we stand in His presence in eternity. The account of Job’s great lose – his family – his workers – his health and his possessions – all these things fall into this category of the unknown. There is an abundance of other Scripture that specifically outlines God’s desire to bless us beyond all natural reason. Jesus said; “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”(John 10:10) Our heavenly Father gives good gifts to His children – so what is it about this Book of Job? I must tell you that I personally have found the greatest comfort in this book because when “bad” things happen to us or those around us – things that seem completely outside the “norm” in God we realize that Job had it far worse than us! I have learned to not be asking God the “WHY” question all the time. The moment we begin to ask this question it may be that our faith in God’s character and integrity is wavering.
What we know for sure is that we live in a sin-sick world and that we combat a very real enemy who still rules in the kingdom of this world. Get mad at him! Get angry at the kingdom of darkness! Get angry enough to pray! Get angry enough to rescue people from the enemy’s clutches! NEVER be angry with Our Heavenly Father who loves you so much that He provides for you “the hope of all the ages”. Yes, things happen to us as children of God that we will never understand on Earth but “let not your hearts be troubled”. You have a wonderful Savior and friend who will walk with you through every valley.
As we read this book then, it is important we understand that there was nothing the matter with Job spiritually. “This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.” (Job 1:1) His life was ripped apart through no fault of his own and his response was definite and immediate; “Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.’ In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” (Job 1:20-22) Here was a man in shock and horrible grief, yet he knew where to run – straight into the arms of God. Even in his confusion there was a confidence that God was sovereign and ruled over all. He was at death’s door and his wife was past breaking point (who wouldn’t be) – She foolishly blurted out, “Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9) His response was unbelievable considering all he had suffered – “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?’ In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.” (Job 2:10) I cannot pretend to understand all of Job’s “Theology” – he certainly lacked some New Testament perspective, being one of the most ancient characters referred to in Scripture – but I can certainly admire his steadfast faith – even while living a catastrophe.
1. Give another account from Scripture where things happened that seemed totally “unfair”.
2. Tell of an experience where you asked God “why” but regretted it.