It's March 25; Good Morning Union
“My ears had heard you, but now my eyes have seen you.” Job 42:5
This is another potentially challenging book in the Bible but my devotional journey right now is causing me to look for a spiritual blessing in EACH book of the Bible, so here goes, Job!
This book has been cast with many themes as Christianity in general tries to understand it content. Job is a man described as “blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.” That’s a pretty good spiritual resume! But God let loose for a while and Satan went all out, destroying almost everything Job had except his life. It’s seems quite natural that many people see this story as a response to the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”
But God never answered that question. After a period of pain and suffering, not just physical but psychological as his wife encouraged him to give up and die, and his “friends” sat with him and tried to figure out what bad thing he had done that brought this judgment of God on him, God met personally with Job. And He NEVER answered the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Instead, like a good teacher, He started with a series of questions designed to challenge Job’s picture of the Almighty and bring him to a new level of understanding that supersedes the question of why. “Where were you when I laid the foundations of this earth? Can you explain to Me where light and darkness abide?” and a bunch more equally challenging rhetorical questions, and by the end all that really appears important to Job is that he had a bigger picture of God. God spoke of how amazing and complex His universe is and how little Job, or I this morning, really understand about the BIG PICTURE of God’s dealing with this world and the sin/Satan problem. Jesus said to His disciples in the New Testament, “Many things I have to say to you but you are not ready to hear them yet,” and God said to Job in the Old Testament, “I’ll give you a glimpse of how big and complex the issues are in resolving the issue of sin, suffering and Satan, but you can’t grasp it fully.”
And Job was satisfied with the answer! The life that seemed blasted bloomed again in brighter brilliance and blessings than before. But greater than the blessings was the memory of an experience in which he had come face to face with God, and had learned lessons more valuable than material possessions; lessons of trust and confidence in an all-powerful, all-knowing, in control God. I may not ever “get it” but I can know, and often through trials, though so far not to the extent of Job, that there IS a God who IS in control and He IS going to fix the problems of sin and suffering, as HE knows best. In the meantime I pray for two things, that I have a faith to stay connected in the hard times if and when they come to me, and that I have a better attitude toward my friends than Job’s “friends” did when if and when those hard times come to them.
Have a great day strengthening your connection with God now, just in case,
Quote for the day: Our problems are opportunities to discover God’s solutions. –Unknown
PS Chapel this week will be presented by Brenda Erickson, life coach in “Calling.” Come at 10:30 to the church and experience another opportunity to help you discover how to find more than a job for life but a joy in using your gifts in God’s service.
PPS “At the Core” Bible study each Tuesday night @ 7:30 (note new time!) in the Prescott Hall Prayer Room.
PPPS “Christ on Demand” Tuesday evenings @ 8:30 in the Lang Lobby (above the Ortner Center.)
PPPPS “The Bible and the Koran.” 7pm each Tuesday evening in the Bollinger Room above Ortner.
PPPPPS IF you are interested in working in Campus Ministries next year stop by the office and pick up an application. Deadline is April 4.