I Don't Get It…

Posted: December 22, 2011 by sneakerporndiaries in Uncategorized

I admit, without reservation, I have no clue what God’s ultimate plans are for my life…let alone His plans for the lives of those around me. Those who have long been cemented deep within the recesses of the church would most likely say He desires a man/woman after His own heart, and pour forth all the scripture they can muster to support such a statement.

Thing is, I know those scriptures. They are underlined, circled, and boxed with different shades of ink; onion skin pages highlighted with various colors (yellow, pink, green, blue, orange). The margins of my Bible are filled with notes, as well as the spaces in between sentences; ink has blurred and bled through on many pages. I can give answers with much confidence about things in the Bible.

What I can’t give is an answer for why in the lives of those who love God…why things are such a mess. Foolish people say it’s a lack of faith, wavering trust in Him, a fledgling prayer life, not enough time in the Word. I say that is bunk…the Bible doesn’t say life is messy because we didn’t do enough. It simply says in the 64 books tucked between Genesis and Revelation life is messy, and that God is there to help us muddle our way through it.

I don’t get it. I don’t get how some Christians who love God have this amazing life and ministry, manage to wade their way through the orange barrels of life while others – who love God with all their being – get plowed over by a herd of steamrollers on what seems to be a daily basis. Can you answer that?

Really, I don’t want you to.

There was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came with them. God actually said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.” It should be mentioned here, Job was the Donald Trump of the Old Testament. He had ten children. 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 oxen, 500 female donkeys, lots of servants (employees). The Bible says, “…and that man was the greatest of all the men of the east.” Because of this Satan challenged God by saying if He put His hand against Job, Job would curse God to His face.

To prove Job’s love for God was greater than whatever Satan could shell out, God allowed the carpet to be yanked right out from underneath him. In one day everything Job had was ripped from his hands: his wealth, his herd, his servants, and most painfully…his children. God’s Word was true, Job fell on his face and worshiped Him. The Bible says, “through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.”

God pointed this out to Satan, repeated what He originally said about Job and added “And he still holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to ruin him without cause.” Satan challenged God a second time, “Inflict him, then he’ll falter.” (I’m paraphrasing). What does God do? He allows Satan to come down hard on Job, this time it was so horrible he had to scrape boils off his body with a piece of pottery.

Job’s friends weren’t much help. They were, in my humble opinion, like the foolish ones I mentioned earlier.

A friend of mine is going through some messy stuff. It’s challenging. It’s affected her, her family and her health, and for me on the outside looking in it’s heartbreaking because I just know things…like how she loves God. In a lot of ways, her story reminds me of Job’s. I found myself thinking hard on that today. I think God looked at Satan and said, “Have you considered my daughter? For there is no one like her on the earth, a blameless and upright woman, fearing God and turning away from evil. And she still holds fast to her integrity.”

I suspect some days are really tough for her to see God in the midst of the circumstances, as I’m confident it was for Job. But I am hopeful God’s supremacy will shine through the messy stuff. The book of Job asks if you can discover the depths of God, discover the limits of the Almighty. It says they are as high as the heavens, deeper than Sheol. It’s measure is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea. In short, God is still more magnificent and bigger than all the messes life can throw.

And I hope my friend can take comfort in knowing God knows the way she takes; when He has tried her, she shall come forth as gold…and like Job…all will be restored.

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