Matthew 25:1-30; Numbers 30-31; Job 1
There’s a catchphrase I’ve seen a lot recently: “And that’s when the trouble began.” You know how it is when everything is going great and someone says something like “I’m surprised we haven’t had any trouble.” As you tell the story of what happened, you realize that all your troubles started after someone said that. Job had everything going for him: wealth, relationship with God, family…. “Then the LORD said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.’” (Job 1:8) That’s when the trouble began. (My pastor says that one of the lessons of Job is that you don’t want to be the most righteous person on earth – you want to be the second most righteous.) Satan challenged God’s statement by noting that everything was going great with Job – why shouldn’t he have a great relationship with God? Satan was given permission to deal with Job by attacking possessions and family – which he did. His wealth disappeared immediately; his children were killed when their house collapsed on them. According to the story, Job worshiped God and didn’t charge Him with wrongdoing. Oh my, as much as I blame God when things go bad, I may be in trouble. Except, God forgives. God continues to love. If God continued to love Job even as he went through all these trials, He will continue to love us no matter what happens. He took on Himself death on the cross that our sins might be forgiven and we might have a relationship with Him. Whether or not we think God dealt with Job fairly He treats us not with the condemnation we deserve, but with grace and mercy. Thus shall I worship the Lord in any circumstance. (Hopefully without a lot of complaining beforehand.)
Lord, how often I complain when things don’t go like I think they should go. Help me to call out to You; to seek You in faith in difficult times, but always to trust You. Give me the faith and strength I need each day to exhibit Your love and grace in my life.