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.
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Job 38:4
Throughout the world there are a lot of people, from all walks of life, who think that they are important. They think that the world revolves around them and that everything should work according to their personal desires.
This type of feeling is seen in the home, in the workplace and everywhere else. It is the feeling that mankind is the most important thing on the earth, and some individuals are the king of it all. Everyone is to serve the individual because he ‘deserves’ it.
Job had been questioning why things were going as they were. He thought that God was unjust and making a mistake. His friends were thinking that what was happening was because of sin in Job’s life. For a time, God had been silent, listening and watching what was happening.
Now God speaks up. One of His first questions to Job and His friends was wanting to know where they were when He created the earth. Of course, none of them were there.
When a person realizes who created everything that there is, it suddenly puts him into the right perspective of who he really is and who God really is. It shows the magnificent power and authority of God.
It is easy to see how complex this beautiful earth is. When that is seen, it begins to reveal how great God has to be in order to create this earth. He has understanding and ability far beyond anything man can say, think or do.
As one keeps this in mind, it helps keep the perspective that God is in control of everything. He puts things into place and allows things to occur that people do not always understand, but it is for the best for everyone involved.
You may not understand why you are going through tough times. You may not fully understand why God removes things from your life. You may not understand why God is blessing others, while you seem to be cursed. Yet, you can trust that God knows what He is doing.
Keep in mind that if God can create this complex universe, He is in control of what occurs in your life. Also keep in mind that His great love for you will only allow things to happen that are for your benefit in the end.
Don’t sit on the throne of your life, but allow God to sit there.
I pray today that you will know God’s power; that you will know God’s abilities; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will know that God is in control; and that you will allow God to be in control of your life.
God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. Job 37:5
Curiosity into things is something that man has always had. He wants to understand how things work or why they work the way that they do. For many people they are fascinated by how things work and they begin to question it.
It is out of desire to understand the mysteries of life that many of the discoveries have been made. Some are very simple, such as how something might taste, while other things are extremely complex, such as the breakdown of molecules and how they work in a body.
While millions of things have been discovered, there are also many things that remain a mystery. Some of the things that have been discovered, have also been changed over the years with greater discovery of that item.
Elihu points out that God does things that is beyond understanding. What God was doing in Job’s life was even beyond his understanding. God was doing a great thing, though no one could see it, or understand what He was doing at the time it was occurring.
It is easy to see how great God is when one thinks about the complexities of this life and earth. How does God sustain everything on this earth, down to the smallest particles of life and matter? No one can fully understand this.
Then it gets even more complex with how God works in the life of a person. God allows things in his life to mold and shape the person into one like Jesus. God uses both good and bad things to change a person into the person he is meant to be. This is beyond the understanding of people, yet it is marvelous what God is doing.
As you put your trust in God, trust what He is doing and allowing in your life. Do not fight God, but turn to Him and hold on to Him. Know that what He is doing and allowing is what is best for your life.
The allowance of struggle and destruction in the life of Job ends with blessings beyond measure. God may use things that do not make sense to you in order to make you like Jesus. As He does this, remember that His ways of doing things is beyond anything you can think or imagine, yet it is the best way.
If He can build and sustain this universe, He can build and sustain you.
I pray today that you will see God’s hand in your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you God will reveal His work in your life; and that you will not fear God’s work in your life.
And he said to the human race, “The fear of the LORD–that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” Job 28:28
Gaining wisdom and understanding has been a goal of humans since the beginning of mankind. People are very curious and want to know more and more. They want to understand how things work and why they work the way that they do.
In the search for wisdom and understanding, billions of dollars are spent annually on education and studies. Often one thinks he has the answer to solve many of life’s challenges. Currently many people think that they have the solution to the violent crimes being committed in America with enacting more rules. The solutions range from both ends of the spectrum and all have problems and really don’t solve the issue.
In this section on Job, there is talk of finding wisdom and understanding. When searching by physical means, no one can find them. They are hidden. In the end wisdom is only found in fear God and understanding is found when one turns away from evil.
Fear God is seen as wisdom, because God is the One who created everything and is in control of everything, so He is the One who sets all the rules and regulations. Respecting and obeying God makes one wise. The world rejects God and so does not have true wisdom. Their thoughts only bring about more destruction and death.
When one begins to turn from evil, he then has a true understanding of what is going on and what is best. Sin not only brings about a momentary pleasure, but will also bring about death and destruction.
The world does not have a full understanding of what is happening, because they promote sin and death, while ‘striving’ to combat it. Only in Christ Jesus is there true wisdom and understanding.
Focus your life upon God and His word. As you do that, you will begin to have wisdom and understanding that this world cannot understand nor have. You will be able to understand the troubles in this world better with the eternal focus of God in mind. You will know and understand the best path to take as you follow God’s ways and directions.
Who can be better at giving wisdom and understanding than God, who has been there since the beginning of time and created everything. Trust His wisdom and understanding.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will fill you with His wisdom; that God will give you understanding of what is happening; and that you will know God’s peace in your life, despite the chaos of this world.
If I have sinned, what have I done to you, you who see everything we do? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you? Job 7:20
When things go wrong in life, people want to find out why they went wrong. They want a reason as to why something had occurred so they can avoid it the next time.
If the cause of the problems was being on the wrong side of town, they will begin to avoid that side of town. If the cause was from a person, then they will avoid that person.
However, often the cause cannot be directly seen. Then people will begin to blame themselves or God.
As Job was going through an extreme amount of suffering, he was trying to understand why it was happening. He questioned God in wondering if he had sinned in some way or not to bring on the suffering. He also wondered if he had become a burden to God and God was trying to get rid of him.
Just like Job, people today will ask those same questions. Neither Job, nor people today, see the bigger picture. They could not see that the cause of the suffering was neither their sin, nor God wanting to get rid of them. Seeing the larger picture reveals it was Satan causing the suffering, and God allowing it to prove Job was faithful.
God’s ways are far above the ways and thinking of any man. No one can fully understand them. People are not supposed to lean on their own understanding, but to trust God.
Rather than blame self or God, one must accept and trust God’s ways. Examine self for sin, but then repent and know that those sins are now gone and are no longer a factor in suffering.
Instead of blaming God or yourself for the suffering you are going through, trust in God and give Him praise that He knows what is best for you. Praise Him that He is with you throughout the time of suffering and has eternal life waiting for you in the end.
God’s love and mercy is greater than you or any sin you have done. Once you have repented of your sins, they are gone and God no longer holds them against you.
Now trust Him, instead of blaming self or Him for the suffering you are going through.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s forgiveness He offers; that you will trust God’s work in your life; and that God will reveal His presence in your life.