Today you should read: Job 39
After reading about Job’s friends and all of their attempts at guiding Job, it’s really nice to see God speak into Job’s situation. God speaks into this situation by reminding Job of His power and order and ultimate sovereignty.
OK, put yourself in Job’s shoes. Remember, he lost his family, his wealth, and his possessions. He lost everything. Imagine the pain, the confusion, and the frustration of this situation, not to mention the accusations that came from his friends. Job was a good and righteous man, and God allowed all this to happen!
Here, God is reminding Job of who He is. God is bringing some sense of order to Job’s chaos. God reminds Job of His great power amidst the confusion. How humbling, convicting, and encouraging it is to be reminded of God’s ultimate sovereignty as well as my incorrect assumption of having entitlement to a life full of ease, comfort, quick successes, etc.
God has a plan for our pain. Going through a difficult time? God allowed it. Dealing with difficult friends? God isn’t surprised. He isn’t testing you to see if you will be faithful, as if He doesn’t already know whether you will be faithful. He allows you to be tested to show you that He is worthy of your full devotion.
The same God that put the world in motion is the One who allowed your chaos to be set in motion. That’s confusing in many ways, yet comforting in many more ways.
Posted by: Rich Duffield