I know that You can do all things, and no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. Job 42:2
This is Job’s declaration at the end of not just a very bad day, but a bad stretch of years. Job was God’s showcase to Satan that Job didn’t just serve God because of his riches and bountifully blessed life. God wanted to prove to Satan that Job served and worshiped Him because of His character. In a short stretch of time Job his kids and his cattle all died. Then he was afflicted with boils, and lots of them.
In the midst of this time of affliction, Job’s friends and wife accused Job of having some hidden sin to cause this. God didn’t make sense to Job, but Job hung in there. But he wanted answers to the questions of “why.” God never told Job, but in the closing chapters of the book we see that God gave Job a view of God’s majesty in creation.
This verse was a part of Job’s response, saying in effect: “You are so big and I am so small. Who am I to question such a magnificent and all-knowing God?” There are times when God is silent in our lives and we may ask the same questions found in the book of Job. Job never gave up on God or on searching for answers. But in the middle of that quest, he didn’t get answers–He got God.
At a “Women of Faith” conference, Thelma Wells told of her daughter who was in her 30’s and single. Her daughter told Thelma of her questioning of God and her distress over still being single. She asked her mother to pray for her. Thelma told her, “I’ll pray for you, but not for you to get married. I will pray that you would fall madly in love with Jesus.”
Her daughter went away offended, thinking she already was in love with Jesus. But her mother’s words spurred her on to spending large chunks of time with God over a period of months. About a year later she came back to her mother and told her how God had totally changed her through that process and said, “Now I am madly in love with Jesus and it has changed me.” She did get married not long after that.
Are you madly in love with Jesus? Are you searching for the answer to something that has interrupted your life? How can you find God in the middle of this quest, so that you can say with Job, “You’re God and I’m not. Have Your way with me. I trust You.”
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