Do you ever think about reading the book of Job and then wonder what God will try to teach you through it? What trials you’ll face if you read it?
When I saw it coming up on my reading plan for this week, I admit, I was a little concerned. Life has been kind of crazy the past month with upheavals and uncertainties crashing over us in almost every area of our lives. I almost didn’t want to read Job, because I didn’t want anything else “going wrong” for us.
Then I read the first two chapters. And I read how Job did nothing wrong to deserve all the trials he faced – and how God alone could grant permission for those things to happen. God alone has the authority to send trials (or blessings, for that matter), and absolutely nothing can happen to us outside of His authority.
And I read Job’s question in chapter 2, verse 10: “Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?“
Wow. That sure made me stop and think about how I’m viewing all these bumps in our path. How can I complain of what I’m going through, when I know that my God is allowing it all for a specific reason? How can I be discouraged if I truly believe that nothing can happen to me outside of His permission? How can I be anxious or worried if God knows exactly what is going on, for indeed He planned it all before I was even born? He knew, before I was conceived, that I would be writing this post today. He planned for me to be reading through the Bible this year, and for Job to be on the schedule for this exact week. He knew what storms would come across my path, and ordered my steps to walk a very specific direction through those storms.
And every single uncertainty we’re facing is part of His perfect plan for us…. and is there anything better than perfect? Is anyone wiser than God, or more all-knowing? Can anyone (man or spirit) do anything at all outside of His sole authority? Can anything afflict His children that He does not know about, or that He does not plan ahead of time? Is there any storm too powerful for God to lead us through?
I’m thankful Job was on the schedule for this week. I can’t wait to get to the end of the book, where God speaks His response to Job’s questions. I love meditating on all the reminders of His greatness and immanence and omniscience. But until then… remember that we don’t know what may be happening in Heaven as a cause or a result of our testing. We don’t always see what God is doing through our trials, but rest assured, He is always doing something!
He is proving Himself faithful and powerful, even through the winds and driving rains of life. How has proved Himself to you this week? What attribute has He shown you about Himself through His Word? What has He reminded you of through your time alone with Him? Please share!
For those reading the Blended Plan, here is next week’s schedule:
Sunday: Job 17-19
Monday: Job 20-21, 1 Corinthians 7
Tuesday: Job 22-24, 1 Corinthians 8
Wednesday: Job 25-27, 1 Corinthians 9
Thursday: Job 28-29, 1 Corinthians 10
Friday: Job 30-31
Saturday: Job 32-33, 1 Corinthians 11