Who Do You Think You Are?

June 2, 2010 at 8:59 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 12 Comments
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Most, if not all, Christians have experienced times of sorrow, loss, disappointment, or grief. It would be callous to compare the trials and tribulations of one person to those of another person in an attempt make light of anyone’s troubles. However, in the history of human tragedy, certainly the Bible patriarch Job would rank pretty high on the list of those who have experienced grief.

Despite being a man who feared God and eschewed evil (Job 1:1), Job received the news of the deaths of all his children and the loss of all his property almost all at once (Job 1:13-19).

In the end, Job was patient, persistent, and persevering, and God ultimately blessed him in a great way (Job 42:12). However, God did make it clear that it was God, not Job, who understood and controlled the workings of providence. At one point, the Lord spoke to Job, and asked him,

Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?

Job 38:2

We would probably be hard-pressed to find a Christian today, in a solid, fundamental, Bible-believing church, who would pick up a Bible and say, “Some of this Book is true, but a lot of it, I’m not so sure about.” Few Christians would question the truth of God’s revealed Word. However, how many of these same Christians would turn around and question God’s providence: “Lord, why have You let such an unfair thing happen to me?” “Lord, why have you placed me here, or why have you let this terrible person come into my life?”

If we believe God’s Word is perfect, then we must believe His will is perfect, too (Romans 12:2), and we must not challenge His divine providence. Shall we – mere animated vessels of dust – rail against the Lord Who has created, and has the power to smoothly control, all things, events, seasons, and creatures?

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