The book of Job in the Old Testament of the Bible is a book I have read more than once. There are many profound insights in the book of Job especially in the last chapter, Job 42.
Job says to God in verse one of chapter 42, "I know that You can do all things; no plan of Yours is thwarted." Accepting God's plan in all things is sometimes difficult when going through difficult circumstances. I found this to be true when I watched my first husband, Wayne, deteriorate step by step in his physical abilities. I found this to be true also when I loss him to death over nine years ago. Yet it is also true, as God provided a new person to love and become my husband in my life. It is also true when he provides daily blessings in my life even in the stressful and sad moments.
Job did not know what God was doing in his life when he sent a whole series of very difficult trials. Yet in the last chapter of the book of Job, Job comes to the realization that it is not his place to question God. He says in Job 42:3, "Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me." God does not owe us explanations for what He allows in our lives. All we need to know is that God knows what He is doing and that He is a God who is always good.
Later on in the last chapter on Job, Job comes to realize that he has developed greater intimacy with God because of his trials. Job says in Job 42: 5, "My ears had heard of You, but now my eyes have seen you." In effect, Job is saying this, " In the past I knew things in my head about You, but now my heart knows You in an intimate way that I never experienced before. This came about because of the trials You allowed in my life."
The same experience that Job had of growing in intimacy with God through trials can be our experience as well, We can trust God, because He always provides for us even in times of trial and He is a God who is always there for us through both our joys and our trials.
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