In part 1, we looked at the story of Job and the question of whether faith and doubt can coexist in the Christian.
I challenge you to read Job chapters 38-40 when you get a second. Not only is it a good reminder of who God is, but it can challenge the relationship we want to have with God. It can be troubling to read how omnipotent God is and yet the giants, that he could fix instantly, are ignored and left to wreak havoc in our lives. We want to have faith, but we also want to have a life devoid of problems. That is what Job wanted and that is what we want. Unfortunately, as Job found out, it doesn’t always work out that way.
This is an aha moment for Job. God, not a prophet, or an angel, or talking animal answers his questions. God puts him in his place. God schools him big time. God reminds him of who is God and who is not. It had to make Job feel small. Made to feel small can be taken two ways. One, you can feel belittled, or two you can realize that God talked to you, that God allowed these giants and God answers us. Let that seep in for a moment.
Regardless of our giants, God will answer us. He will respond, maybe not exactly when and how we would like it – but in a way that works together for our good. It may not be today. or tomorrow. In fact, a giant, like temptation, may have set up camp in our lives and settled into a routine, tempting us at home, at work, at the beach, sitting at the computer, etc.
But if you remember only one thing from this blog, or from the giants series, it should be this: God will respond. God has an answer. God has a plan. That knowledge should give is the faith we need. That knowledge should connect us to God in a powerful way. That knowledge should enable us to say, “Yes, I have been tempted, and yes, I have given in to that temptation..but I know God knows me, God loves me, God cares for me, God has a plan, God wants the best for me, so I give the temptation giant to Him.” And as Job found out the hard way in chapters 38-40, we just need to put our faith in the all knowing, all powerful, all present God. Because as Isaiah 59:11 reminds us: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Like Job, bad things happen in our lives and we don’t know why. But, God does know why. I don’t know what giant you are facing today, but I’m sure you could fill in the blank with something in your life that is difficult. Maybe it is your children, your grandchildren, maybe it’s your job or your car. Maybe it’s cancer, the loss of a loved one or a relationship that has not been healed.
We will often not know why certain things are happening to us. Why would God allow this? What purpose is this serving? But while fighting giants we should trust God who is in complete control. Job 41:11 says “Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me” And Romans 11:34-36 which says: ““Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.”