God is always faithful, but He’s not always predictable. While reading the Book of Job, I discover a great “drama” being played out with God on one side and humanity on the other. Job is experiencing grief and suffering, and his friends are no real comfort. God is with Job but is mostly silent (until the last several chapters). God knows what man cannot see. The big challenge of Job is the challenge we also face as believers. There are times we go through when we can’t “figure it out.” We know that God is faithful, but, by outward appearances, it seems like He is silent or aloof. Job and his friends had their preconceived ideas of how God “should act,” and how life should look. When trials came instead of blessings, Job’s friends came to quick conclusions. “Job, you must have sinned. You weren’t good enough. God is finally giving you what you deserve!” Even Job jumped to conclusions about his difficulties. “God doesn’t like me. He just wants to judge me. He knows I am innocent but doesn’t do anything about it.” From Job chapter 32 to chapter 42, God lifted Job to a “higher perspective.” Job is not given specific answers to all his questions, but his faith in God’s majesty and sovereignty were raised to a higher place. After this awesome revelation of God’s greatness, Job replied to the Lord: “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:1). Job finally discovered what we need to discover. Our God is faithful to us, but that doesn’t mean that we can put Him in our “predictable” box. We can’t assume that God will “do what we want Him to do.” We, as Christians, live on the edge of faith which declares, “God answers prayer, but He is not our servant.” We are His servants. This means that we don’t need to pretend we know all the reasons for the worldwide pandemic. We must admit that sometimes God’s ways are past finding out. The best we can do is repent of our sins (known and unknown) and trust God’s faithfulness to bring about His plan. You may not be able to trace His hand, but you can always trust His heart. “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” (Romans 11:23).
Pastor Mark Boucher