Tuesday, July 27, 2010


The Bible is full of stories that range from the misery of Job (an example of a righteous man losing everything for no apparent reason) to the Christmas story in Matthew 3. There is the irony of God's people being forced to wander in the desert for 40 years after escaping 400 years of slavery in Egypt to the greatest story of Christ being resurrected.

These stories are in the Bible to show you how God dealt with situations you might be facing in your life today. Job's story (pronounced Jobe)is frequently used to try and explain to people that "Life is not fair". In fact, Job suffers the loss of his children, his land and his livestock over a bet that God had with Satan.

In short, the moral of the story is, "Stuff Happens" and could have nothing to do with the life you're living.

What's really interesting is that the bet was about whether Job would curse God and turn on him. Job did not. In spite of his wife who said:"Why don't you just curse God and die"? Because a godly man loves his god. No matter what.

I know that sometimes we are tempted to question God if our pay checks are late. If we get a flat tire. We become outraged when we think of all the good we've done only to endure more hardship. Sometimes we wonder where God is. Sometimes we wonder if God is ignoring us. These are the questions Job was asking. He felt if he could just get an audience with the Great Almighty, he could clear up what must have been a misunderstanding.

Job's young friend Elihu sums it up in one line Job 37:5

"God thunders with His voice wondrously, Doing great things which we cannot comprehend".

Stuff Happens. God is there. Sometimes we have to live our lives by Proverbs 3:5

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight".


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