I believe and trust in the God of the Bible.
Anyone who knows me well, knows that. But I have to be honest… sometimes, He just doesn’t make sense to me. Now, don’t go writing me off as sacrilegious or as dissing God, but I’m just saying – there are some things I read in the Bible that just don’t.. as my grandmother used to say… make a bit of sense to me.
Like, take Job, for instance. He was minding his own business… not messing with nobody, and he was living right. Even God Himself said that Job was “blameless and… turned away from evil”. Yet, God allowed Satan to go to town on him! And, I mean, Satan REALLY went to town… destroyed his business and livelihood; killed all his employees; and even killed his children. THEN… on TOP OF ALL THAT… as if that wasn’t enough… God allowed Satan to take Job’s health! I mean.. jeezie peezie!! How much can one person take?? Think about it: there was absolutely NOTHING JOB HAD DONE to deserve all of that. And that’s what doesn’t make sense to me.
It makes sense when God punishes us for doing what’s not right. It makes sense when God doesn’t answer prayer because we’re not living right. It makes sense when bad things happen to bad people. But it makes absolutely no sense at all when righteous people go through… and through… and through. And it makes absolutely no sense at all when God intentionally allows things to wreck our lives, even when we’re working hard to obey Him. And then, on top of that, continues to dump a whole lot MORE craziness onto our lives. That just doesn’t seem like the God of the Bible to me.
But Job gives us a little perspective, doesn’t he? Right in the midst of his pain, he asks his wife a really profound question (after she just got finished advising him to cuss God out), and here it is… wait for it… “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”
Now, THAT’S what I call trust – believing in the goodness of God to such an extent, that whenever bad stuff happens we know God has a good intention for it. Trusting God is knowing how much He loves us, and even when things happen to us, our confidence in who He is doesn’t waver. See… we never really know that we’re trusting God, until all hell breaks loose and our world is turned sideways. It’s easy to say, “Praise the Lord!” and “Isn’t God Good? All the time!” when things are going well… much harder to do, though, when things in your life have gotten a little tricky. This is why it is so important to read and know our Bibles… and get to know the God of the Bible. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, and have been called according to His purpose.” Not just some things… all things.
The bad things.
The painful things.
The confusing things.
The financial things.
The relational things.
For Job… and for us. If you read the rest of Job’s story, you find that it didn’t get better right away, but the Lord did restore everything he had.. Job, never got a reason – this side of heaven – as to why he went through what he did… but we get a little glimpse in James 5:11: “As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”
There is a PURPOSE for all of our pain…and, through it all, God remains FULL of compassion and mercy. He never changes.
So… I don’t always understand God… but I’m learning to trust Him. And I can thank my man Job for that.