Focus verses: Job 13:1-19
The third of Job’s friends, Zophar, accuses him of what amounts to arrogance before God. The idea that Job could speak with God to plead his case seems a mockery.
But Job is not being arrogant. He has legitimate questions for which he seeks answers. And he rebukes his friends as wicked, deceitful and argumentative.
His hope is in God alone. No matter what happens, he will trust in God. Living or dying is all one to him. He simply wants an explanation from God for the evils that have befallen him.
Many times we question the reasons for things that happen. What did we do to bring this calamity upon ourselves? Sometimes calamity just happens. It may be a freak of nature. It may be the result of someone else’s free choice.
I’ve discovered that it isn’t so much what the world does to you that matters. It’s how you respond to what happens. If you continue to respond with faith, believing that God knows the end from the beginning, you will save yourself a lot of worry.
Nothing that happens surprises God. He knows what is around the next corner. No matter how much we worry or try to fathom the reasons for things, He know them – and we don’t.
Moreover, He sees the individual incidents we frustrate over as part of a larger whole. John Donne knew this truth. What happens in your life can have ramifications you will never realize til you see God face to face.
Help us to submit gracefully to Your will. Grant us the patience to endure without knowing cause. Give us the wisdom to remember Your blessings in all seasons.