Do you ever find yourself thinking, “Why is this happening to me? I’m a good person and I’m trying to serve you Lord.” Or “I wish I could…, can you help me, Lord?” Maybe you’ve been praying for something you aren’t getting an answer to, but yet others around you seem to have the very thing you are praying for and you wonder why they have it and you don’t.
Job was a good person. He was God-fearing, family-oriented, an upstanding citizen, and a prosperous businessman. He had it all… “the American dream” so to speak. However, Job’s life took a dramatic turn and he lost everything.
The book of Job deals with the topic, “Why do good people suffer?” Job asks, “Why has this happened to me, God?” “What have I done wrong?” Through all the dialogue between Job, his friends, and God, the bigger context of the book addresses suffering and God’s sovereignty.
It is in chapter 42 that Job realizes God is in control. God knows “why”, He knows the ultimate plan, and Job can trust Him. Job’s questions weren’t answered. He didn’t find out why he had to lose everything that was important to him. But he came to the understanding that some things weren’t meant for him to know, rather he had to trust in God. We can trust in God when we undergo struggles, knowing Jesus suffered for us and is with us. As long as we trust in God, all will be well in the end. He realized the character of God is constant and true.
In the end, God blesses Job again, even more than before he lost everything. How can you take steps to trust God in a situation you are going through right now that may be hard to understand “why”?
Lord, help me to trust you and to know that you can do all things, even when I don’t understand. Help me to see how you have worked in my life in the past and to see how you are working through me now to carry out the plans you have purposed for me…plans to prosper me and not harm me. Amen.