That seems to be my continual question.
I question God on so many things that happen in life that I don’t understand.
It’s my constant wrestling match with God. When He doesn’t answer prayers MY way.
I am like a child. I want to understand. I want good logical explanations–that make sense to me.
And then I read Job 38-42.
There I am reminded that God is God and I am not.
After all he had been through, Job was searching for answers. But instead of giving Job answers, God questions Job. And God’s questions make it very clear that His ways and His purposes are much higher and wiser than ours.
I wrote down some of the questions from Job 38 that God asked Job. It puts things in perspective for me.
Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge?
Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Who shut up the sea behind doors?
Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place?
Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked to the recesses of the deep?
Have the gates of death been shown to you?
What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside?
Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail?
What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed?
Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, to water a land where no one lives an uninhabited desert?
Does the rain have a father?
From whose womb comes the ice?
Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons?
Do you know the laws of the heavens?
Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth?
Can you raise your voice to the clouds and cover yourself with a flood of water?
Do you send lightning bolts on their way? Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?
Who gives the ibis wisdom or gives the rooster understanding?
Who has wisdom to count the clouds?
Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together?
Do you hunt prey for the lioness?
Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God?
~from Job 38
“My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.” Job 42:5
Job knew God one way before he faced that intense season of suffering. And after having gone through that, he knew God in a completely new way. He was able to see God for Who He really was.
And Job also saw a clearer picture of himself too.
He said in Job 42:6, “Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” He responds in repentance and humility. Job also acknowledges, “I know you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).
How precious of the Lord to take the time to reveal Himself to Job. God wanted Job to know Him—because of His great love for him.
I was listening to “Mind the Gap” part 2 by Ravi Zacharias. It is such a strong message. Here’s his powerful prayer:
“Your ways mystify me, O Lord.
Oh yes, and some journeys I feel You all the way. Never doubt it.
But sometimes You seem to vanish at about halfway through the journey.
And other times You appear to me at the very last moment.
And You know, Lord, sometimes I actually fear that You will let me go over the edge.”
“You are very unique, My child.
And I will help you learn of Me with that uniqueness in mind.
See, if I took everybody all the way, Ravi, where’s the room for their faith?
If I took everybody more than halfway, where’s the room for their love?
If I did not at times even let them feel abandoned, where’s the room for My cross?
You are not what you will someday be.
I Am Who I Am.
And I know how to get you from who you are to Who I Am.
If you do not understand this, where is your hope?”
~Ravi Zacharias, RZIM, “Mind the Gap” part 2
I need to constantly remind myself that He is God and I am not.
And it’s so interesting to me how God answered Job’s questions. Instead of giving Job answers or reasons, God points Job to Himself. He tells him things only God can control. He gives Job the answer alright. The answer is HIM. He is always the answer. That’s what it always comes back to. Him. He wants our love. He wants our trust.
He wants a relationship with us.
We have lots of views and opinions of God. We read books and stories about Him. We’ve “heard” a lot about Him. But until we get in His presence and spend time with Him—until we cling to Him when it all falls apart—until we sometimes wrestle with Him–until we seek Him with all our hearts—we will never “see” Him for Who He really is.
And only He knows how to get us from who we are–to Who He is!
If you are interested in hearing Pastor Ravi’s sermon, which I highly recommend, here is the link. http://rzim.org/let-my-people-think-broadcasts/mind-the-gap-part-2-of-2/
Have a wonderful day!