I love the dialogue between Job and God. The whole purpose is not to establish guilt or innocence, but to inquire about truth and to expose the realities of the existing creation.
Job 37:14 states, “Listen to this, Oh Job, stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.” It seems, the more Job learned and realized about God’s sovereignty, majestic power, abundant justice, and that He shows no partiality to any, then, he started standing strong and speaking words of influence and encouragement in the face of suffering and adversity.
While reading and meditating on the question addressed to Job, amazement struck me of God’s wondrous works. I felt guilty of the times that I had questioned God in the midst of adversity. I’m continually learning of His sovereignty, His goodness, and that He holds a greater plan for me and those around me.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 ESV).
Have you ever asked the question, “Why do the righteous suffer if God is loving and all-powerful?” I know that I am guilty of asking this question. While suffering is not the central theme of Job, or for us, rather, what and how Job, and we, learn from and through suffering. We live with the same learning curve. I am learning to live with thankfulness during testing and suffering in this life. God doesn’t intend to hold Himself aloof (removed, distant) from our sufferings, but will meet us in our place of testing and suffering and reveal Himself to us.
Are you suffering today from difficult circumstances? Are you in the midst of a complicated test or trial?
Jesus in Me: Lord, help me remember your wondrous works and that you promised to never leave or forsake me. You are truly sovereign. I seek you first, and know that you will meet me in your midst of life, circumstances, trials, and sufferings.
Today’s Tasting: Job 38-39 NKJV
Job learned to trust in the goodness and power of God during adversity by enlarging his concept of God. God addressed Job with a series of questions to reconsider what he already knew about the universe that God had created.