I know that I haven’t updated on Calvary Chapel Iron River’s excursion through the Book of Job in a while. After studying for last Sunday’s message (Chapters 18-21). I had some revelation into the difficult and long-winded middle section to Job where his three “miserable counsellors” try to “comfort” their down-and-out friend.
Sometimes we need to understand that we don’t and WON’T understand what is going on.
Job’s friends are stuck, without resolve, in a rut of angular “rightness” which disallows them to see that their good friend is suffering inside his righteousness. Even though it would be easier to live in a world where only good things happen to good people and bad things happen to truly rotten souls, that simply isn’t true. These guys obviously don’t get it and are trying to shove God in a box big enough for them to understand and comprehend.
The question has been posed before many time: DO WE REALLY WANT TO WORSHIP A GOD SMALL ENOUGH FOR US TO UNDERSTAND ALL THE TIME?
Can we let our faith rest in knowing that God is Sovereign and bigger than us? It is humbling in an age of intellect and reason to peacefully be able to say, “Well, God is beyond me…and I find comfort in that fact.”
Again, Job never quite finds out all the behind-the-scenes footage in this real-life documentary. But He does get a bigger God in the end. Can God’s immensity bring about greater faith in me? Yes…I believe it can. This fact brings proper obedience. It brings submission. It brings brokenness. It brings humility. And it gives us heavenly reliance. And, to be honest, it is quite refreshing. I don’t know everything, but I trust the God Who does.
What if the answer is…we will never get all the answers?
Academia touts that it is in search of truth, but lambastes anyone who says they have found it. It is like they are more interested in maintaining a vague sense of truth-seeking while simultaneously and pompously positioning themselves to know everything. Oh, and if you are a Christian…you are definitely wrong. Narrowed, singular, absolute truth is not what is discussed…only wispy, flimsy plural-truths are allowed. Let us not fall into the same supposed, religious smartypantsyness.
God’s Omniscience=God is in full-color; we are in black and white.
Come show me your spectrum Lord…and I will try to die enough to make out as many as possible, this side of heaven. And when I die, oh what an array those glory eyes will behold….