Devotion and Prayer for Week of August 10, 2014

 

Meditation for the Week of August 10, 2014 

 

“Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: ‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? …Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone?” Job 38:1-2, 4-7

 

Job had been put through the wringer. His possessions had been stolen, his children had all been killed in a windstorm, and his health had fallen apart. His wife and friends gave him miserable advice when they tried to console him. Everything around him was collapsing. Danger and death were on every side. He’d had enough. He finally cried out, asking God what he had done to deserve this, asking why the wicked seem to get through life so well while he was sitting in disaster. Where was God when things were going wrong?

These are questions that every person asks at some point in his or her life. We ask, “Where is God in this mess? Why is this crisis happening? Haven’t I been a good person? Doesn’t God care?”

The problem is that Job—and we’re right along with him—wants to look into the mind of God and see everything, even those things that God has hidden. We want to know everything that God knows. We want to guide the course of events in our lives. In short, we want to be like God. This is the exact same sin committed by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. They ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because they wanted to be like God and know everything He knew. So do we.

The answer isn’t in having God explain the “why” question to us. Even if we knew why everything happened, it wouldn’t change the fact that these terrible things do happen. That’s why it’s a great comfort to recognize that even when bad things happen, this is the same God who laid the foundation of the earth. This is the same God who determined its measurements and stretched the line upon it. All things are in His hands. This is also the same God who took on human flesh in order to share in our sorrows and tragedies. He came to take them onto His own shoulders and carry them to the cross. He came to live in weakness, as one of us, without a place to lay His head, so that He could rescue us from every evil thing that happens to us.

That doesn’t mean that we’ll be spared from every bad thing. But it does mean that no matter what happens, we have a Lord who is greater than any tragedy and who has taken our side in order to rescue us from whatever may happen. Even if it seems impossible to bear—especially when it seems impossible to bear, that’s when we have our Lord bear it for us. He’s willing and able. He who laid the foundation of the earth is strong enough to bring you through every trial and tragedy.