Journey in the Word: Job and God

Week 10

Read Job 40:3-5

Yesterday, I proposed that the larger message of Job is how to deal with Mystery, not simply suffering.  How do we live with anything we cannot understand, or even sometimes accept.

Stott actually gets at some of this in his meditation today.  He makes the essential point that our ability to trust is based upon the trustworthiness of the one being trusted.

It’s true.  I will not trust what you say if I do not trust who you are.  The same holds true for God.

And that’s why it is necessary for us to read our “present circumstances” against the larger backdrop of God’s nature.  I believe when we do so, we will conclude, “I do not know why this is happening to me, but I do not believe God is doing it to me.”  I believe the overall revelation of God’s love overshadows any notions that God causes bad things to happen.

This does not answer every question we have about Mystery and/or suffering.  Job does not come to the end of his experience with “answers,” but rather with “awe.”  The Mystery is not explained; it is lived—and lived against the backdrop of a good God, not one who is out to get us.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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