Lately, I’ve been more and more acutely aware of a lesson that God keeps trying to teach me. I say “keeps” because it seems no matter how many times I surrender to His truth and teaching, that He keeps on hitting me with issue after issue. Apparently, I haven’t learned my lesson fully. I get so frustrated with Him. “Why can’t we move onto something else and give this thing a break for a while?” I ask Him daily. I desperately find myself on my knees, and even days on my face, in full and complete surrender, and yet He doesn’t seem to hold back with the next wave.
I’m not the only one in history thank goodness that’s dealt with this. Enter Job:
Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:
2 “Who is this that obscures my plans
with words without knowledge?
3 Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
6 On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
7 while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy? – Job 38:1-7
God calls Job out. He doesn’t stop in verse 7. In fact He goes on for almost 2 more chapters listing more about the knowledge He has that Job doesn’t. Job continues to question, and God continues to remind him of His power and wisdom. Job eventually gets it though we don’t know how long this conversation went on for. It could have been hours, or days, or even longer:
Then Job replied to the Lord:
2 “I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.
4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.’
5 My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
6 Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes.” – Job 42:1-6
I love Job’s response here. He acknowledges God’s power and purpose. He acknowledges that he doesn’t know everything, but God does, and that those plans are perfect.
Today, ask God to be present through the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to show you where you may be questioning Him, or even frustrated with Him. Maybe you are running from Him about a certain situation…whatever it is, bring it the King today. Confess where you maybe have sinned, and ask Him to change your heart.
Have more time? Want to go deeper?
- Make a list of unanswered big prayers in your life right now. How is God working on those currently that you can see? Where might you trust Him if you don’t see Him moving yet?
- Read Job 38-41. Make a list of some of the key pieces of knowledge or wisdom that God mentions He has that stick out to you in these verses.