Then Job replied to the Lord: “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” 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.” Job 42: 1-3
I was lamenting to an older, wiser, very godly friend one night, as we were having dinner, that a business acquaintance had very tragically lost her life recently at a young age. The woman had had an adventurous spirit and was full of life, and suddenly she was gone.
“She died way too young,” I said to the older woman.
“No, she didn’t,” she very quickly and firmly replied. I raised my eyebrow in response.
“She died at just the time God had planned.”
Have you ever experienced an unexpected diagnosis? The abrupt ending of a relationship? A sudden financial collapse?
The test comes not when a situation presents itself; the real test comes when we decide how to react to it. And if you’re not careful, you may find yourself stepping into a trap.
With the same crafty wordsmanship he wielded against Adam and Eve, the Enemy weaves an entangling web of victimhood into a hurting heart. Why me? Why now? Why did you allow that? Why did you interrupt my plan for my life?
I have asked God all of those questions more than once and begged for answers. But God is wise in not sharing them with me, for if I knew all of the answers, then I would be like God and I would be able to discern whether He truly is a just and righteous God. I could then live in the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and judge Him! What a setup by the Enemy!
Job was set up and his faith severely tested with loss of wealth, his family, and his health, but he didn’t waiver. His friends tested him with questions of how this could have happened to him, and Job endured, trusting the sovereignty of God. For this, God restored to Job all he had lost.
Because God is sovereign and we are not, it’s difficult to see the positive that takes place in the calamities of life. But when we spend time in the Word, reading the wonderfully woven details of hardship, adversity, deliverance, and restoration, we see the bigger picture of God at work behind the scenes.
Knowing why does nothing to change what happened. God takes what happened and weaves it into the sovereignly-scripted plan for our lives. God knows why and that’s enough.
Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just? Genesis 18:25
Read along with us for the next few weeks as we explore the gift in God’s Timing.
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Pam Freitag Weyant traded the harsh Midwestern winters for the sunny South. Her best friends are her steno machine (she works as a freelance court reporter), her aged but adorable cocker spaniel Jake, and books. She is grateful for time spent traveling, writing creative nonfiction, and working out. Her goal is to share her story with others so they may also find freedom in a redemptive Savior. Read more of Pam’s Breath on Paper bio here.