Scripture Reading: Job 4:1-7:21 / Matthew 19:1-15 / Psalm 17:1-5
On February 15, 1947, a young New Yorker, Glenn Chambers set out for Quito, Equator to begin his long awaited ministry with Voice of the Andes. Before he left the airport he wanted to send his mother one last message. He had no paper and only found a scrap piece of paper that once was a printed advertisement with the single word WHY across the center.
But between the mailing and delivery of that message, his plane plummeted from the skies killing everyone on board. When the letter did arrive, days after the death of her son, this mother opened and looked at the word WHY. Then below her son had penned these words… “God is too kind to do anything cruel…too wise to make a mistake… too deep to explain Himself.”
Often times in life we ask the question, why. Our concept of God’s plan for us is peace, blessedness and security but doubt rises when the opposite occurs. We question God’s plan, power and love. We long to understand God’s plan. Job experienced great bountiful and prosperous blessings of God. He was a man who was faithful and loyal to God but then his world fell apart with the loss of his children, wealth and health.
The wisdom of this world is unable to explain or understand the mysteries of God.
Four friends sat silently with Job for seven days and then began to share their insights with the thought to be “God forsaken” man. Eliphaz is the first to speak to Job and says that God is correcting and chastening him because of his sin.
Job knew he was innocent before God and in frustration asks God, “If I have sinned, what have I done to you, O watcher of men? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you? Why do you not pardon my offenses and forgive my sins? “ (Job 7:20,21)
Job was blameless, a man of integrity, sincerity and consistency. He was upright before God. Job feared God and shunned evil. His moral conduct and spiritual standing was impeccable. The entirety of this book is one man’s search for understanding. Job is filled with words of despair, confusion and he gropes for understanding.
We want simple answers to deep and complicated lives that we do not understand yet alone have answers for. Sometimes God doesn’t show us the whole picture or adequately explain life to us. It’s during those times we bear our souls before God… the good, the bad and the ugly. He doesn’t turn us away but wraps us with arms of compassion. God doesn’t make mistakes and we can trust Him. He will give understanding to our troubled souls and answers to all of our “whys”… in His time.