You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. Job 42:3
Speaking about something is easy for most people. They have an opinion about something and are willing to share it with anyone who is willing to listen, or not willing to listen. Opinions can be found all over every social media platform about nearly every subject and event that is happening, every where in the world.
There is nothing wrong with having an opinion, however, having that opinion is often wrong, because there is no real understanding of the situation. The knowledge that most people have is skewed or biased with information left out in order to cause thinking to occur a certain way.
While Job was going through the tough times of losing everything, he accused God of being against him and out to destroy him. He felt as if God was doing something wrong and questioned God about it. However, in the end he realized that God was in control and that God was still on his side. Job realized that he spoke without really understanding what was happening.
Believers today still have the same problem that Job had. Often they speak up about things that they really don’t know or understand. They condemn others, when they don’t understand what actually occurred.
It is common to hear of believers bashing other believers over an action done, without knowing why that action was done or knowing the heart behind it. It is also common for believers to get angry with God for allowing certain things to happen in their lives. Some will even walk away from God in anger, because they do not have the full understanding of what God is doing. They forget that God is in control and is doing the best for each individual.
There will be times you will not fully understand what or why God is allowing things in your life. It can be a painful time, but you must remember that God is in control and does really love you. He is only doing what is best for you.
Be careful in what you speak about. You may not fully understand the situation. Give God praise for what is happening and trust Him to bring you through it shining like gold. Don’t try to stop His plans. His plans are the best in the end.
I pray today that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will trust God’s plans for your life; that you will not question God’s actions; and that you will be a witness of God’s power and love.
Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens above–what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below–what can you know? Job 11:7-8
When one really looks at this world and the universe there are many different mysteries that cannot be explained. There are things yet to be discovered. There are also many things that have been discovered, but cannot be fully explained.
Many times throughout history man has thought he understood something, only to find out years later that he was wrong. People often think that they fully understand something, only to be proven wrong later. Some things are greater than man and cannot fully be understood.
One of Job’s friends, Zophar, decided to speak up to Job. He questions Job about whether he can fully understand the mysteries and limits of God. He points out that the ways of God are much higher than the heavens and deeper than the earth. While Zophar was focusing on sin in Job’s life, he was right that God’s ways are a greater than anything man can think or do.
Believers try their best to fully understand God and His ways, and they should. Yet, they have to understand that sometimes one just cannot fully understand what God is doing or is allowing to happen. It falls down to just trusting Him.
Looking at Job’s life and situation, it is easy to think that all the bad things occurred because of sin, yet that was not the case. Sin in Job’s life had zero to do with the suffering he was going through. This does not make sense to the human mind. Why would God allow suffering when nothing was done wrong? Yet, God did allow the suffering.
The ways God works is so much greater than what you can even begin to imagine. In order to somewhat understand what God is doing, you must have the right perspective of who God is. Know that He is love, He is holy, He is perfect and He is in full control. Knowing these things will help you know that whatever is happening, good or bad, it is done out of love and with your best interest in mind.
You will rarely to never fully understand the why of what is happening, but you can know that it is for your best. It is to prepare you and others for eternity. Trust God’s ways today.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God’s ways; that you will know God’s love; and that you will not fear what God is allowing in your life.
With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. Luke 1:3-4
Luke starts out his book as to why he is writing it. He was not one of the original twelve disciples of Jesus. Luke looked into everything about Jesus on his own and came up with his own conclusions. He chose to write it all down in order so that Theophilus could know everything about Jesus for certain.
Children grow up learning a lot of their information from their parents and the schools that they attend. Most will continue into adulthood believing what they were taught without questioning it in any way.
Not everything that is taught by parents or schools is entirely accurate. Currently many things are being taught to children that are inaccurate and can cause confusion as to what is the truth. Children, and many adults, do not take the time to determine what they really believe for themselves because it takes time and work.
This can also occur in Christian homes and the church. Many people grow up believing what their parents taught them. They only go to church because that is what their parents did. They only believe in Jesus because that is what their parents did. They also believe only because that is what the pastor of a church said. They have not found out what they believe for themselves.
Each person must take the time to personally know what the Bible says. He must take the time to find out who Jesus is and what He did. This takes reading the bible and studying it on a regular basis with lots of prayer.
You may have grown up in the church, or just started believing in Jesus. What do you believe and why do you believe it? Is it because someone else told you? Or is it because that is what the pastor says?
Or is it because that is what God’s word says?
Take time to read what the Bible says to find out what you believe and why you believe it. Look at what others teach and find out if it lines up with the Bible or not.
Luke wrote so Theophilus could know for certain, you can know also.
I pray today that you will know what the Bible teaches; that you will have a personal relationship with Jesus; that you will be able to answer why you believe what you believe; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world.
Work on memorizing this verse this week: