Most of us have heard about the trials of Job and how God allowed him to be tested by Satan in order to prove to Satan that Job was a good man indeed. Job did not know how great a purpose his suffering was accomplishing now did he? He didn't know that God and Satan were having a discussion about him. Do you ever wonder if that is going on in heaven regarding you? That's an interesting thought to ponder, but is beyond the scope of this post. :)
What is the "scope of this post"? Well, it is this. My favorite part of the book of Job has always been the last five chapters (38-42) where God finally puts Job in his place by asking Job a boatload of questions that he could not possibly answer. God said to Job "Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me." (Job 38:2 NIV). Yikes. Have you ever felt like God was doing that to you? I have. Recently.
Job finally realizes who he is in light of the majesty of God after God asked him 81 questions that he could not possibly answer. He could not answer them because only God would know the answers. You and I would not know the answers either, in spite of all of our technological advances. Eventually we too, must answer God as Job did:
Then Job replied to the LORD: "I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. You asked, 'Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?' Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.
"You said, 'Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.'
My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes." (Job 42:1-6 NIV)
The point I'm trying to make is that we never know why God has put us in our allowed us to be in our current circumstances. His thoughts and ways are higher than ours - way higher! We just need to settle into knowing without a doubt that God is good to the core of His being and trust in His heart when we do not understand His plans for our lives. We must become like Job and confess that we have said and thought things, and even judged God for His actions, without adequate knowledge to do so. Sometimes it takes tragedies in our lives for us to finally see God. Even Job had to move from a state of just hearing of God to actually seeing God. (Job 42:6) God wants to be God in our lives. It is time to let Him be just that. Are you willing?