Then Job replied to the Lord: “I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you. You ask, “Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?” It is I. And I was talking about things I did not understand, things far too wonderful for me.” (Job 42:1-3, NLT)
I have been waking up early morning hours sometimes. I suspect working night shifts for 20 something years and just loving the night time work has something to do with the nocturnal, built-in alarm that goes off, though silent, is more alarming than the set alarm in my phone.
As I pray, I recall that time when my son was in kindergarten (He is an adult now), and had to put answers on a piece of paper the teacher handed out in class… It was all about what they knew about their mothers. There was this one particular line:
My mom knows _________ (and he wrote “everything”).
Years later, when I brought it up to him, he was laughing and shyly admitted that he knew the truth by then that “his mom didn’t know everything.” And I quickly agreed, “That’s right!”
As each of us grow older, there are those frustrating times when we want answers to everything. But we just couldn’t get them. And even in some instances, we get the answers, but still to us, don’t make sense. It’s harder and harder as our feet step out into adulthood.
I am sure you all heard about the story of Job. He lost everything. His family. His possessions. But it was not losing those that frustrated him. It was not knowing why they had to happen in his life. He struggled to find the answers. His friends even butted in and thought he sinned. There was one who has a partial true answer that suffering could purify his faith. Though he thought that Job became proud and such sufferings came to humble him.
But God is too great for any of us to be understood. We can only understand when we begin to see for Who He is. In the end, Job got the answers. That God is enough in his life. He lost everything. Except God. Trials aren’t easy. But these are opportunities to know more about God and have a deeper relationship with Him. He desires to show His love, His compassion, His grace, His mercy. Just trust and believe. He is the Power that the Job in us needs. Fear. Shame. Guilt. Broken heart. Bondage. Surrender the Job in us. To Jesus.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (MEV)
“But we are bound to always give thanks to God for you, beloved brothers of the Lord, because God has from the beginning called you to salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief of the truth.To this He called you by our gospel, to obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold the traditions which you have been taught, whether by word or by our letter. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God our Father, who has loved us and has given us eternal consolation and good hope through grace,
Lord, this morning, I ask for forgiveness. Forgive me for not remembering the true Power that is in us. You, Who is greater than the one in this world. Empower me Lord. Use me and my remaining days to glorify You. No one else but You. I just want to thank You. For Your guidance. Your provisions. Your protection. You are my everything. My First Love. Draw me always near to You. Thank You Lord for loving us first.