In All Things, God

Oh that my vexation were weighed,
    and all my calamity laid in the balances!
For the arrows of the Almighty are in me;
    my spirit drinks their poison;
    the terrors of God are arrayed against me.

Oh that I might have my request,
    and that God would fulfill my hope,
that it would please God to crush me,
    that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!
This would be my comfort;
    for I have not denied the words of the Holy One.

Therefore I will not restrain my mouth;
    I will speak in the anguish of my spirit;
    I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

“What is man, that you make so much of him,
    and that you set your heart on him,
 visit him every morning
    and test him every moment?
How long will you not look away from me,
    nor leave me alone? 

He is wise in heart and mighty in strength
    —who has hardened himself against him, and succeeded?—
Behold, he passes by me, and I see him not;
    he moves on, but I do not perceive him.
Behold, he snatches away; who can turn him back?
    Who will say to him, ‘What are you doing?’” Job 6:1-2,4,8-10; 7:11,17-19; 9:4,11-12,15

Job in his misery has lamented his birth, loathing life because of his painful wounds and bitter-breath existence. Yet, through all his complaint and tortured situation, and his responses to friends who have short wisdom and even less compassion, he sees all through the lens of knowing his God, and implicitly trusts Him. (Job 9:17,18,21)

Distances, South Africa

Many today, either from countries where God has been publicly non-existent for centuries, or raised in cultures where God has been marginalized or outlawed in more recent times, have no divine vantage-point from which to view life. Pain, sickness, rejection, hardship, isolation happen in spiritual vacuums, resulting in a startling lack of hope and purpose. How can there be reasonable coping mechanisms, or courage to persevere, where there is a void of faith, a life-continuum, expectation for good beyond the here and now?

Placing our trust in God, and a close ongoing relationship with Him, fit us with spiritual lenses that allow us to see all of life with an eternal perspective. No matter what we are called to endure, we experience it within the parameters of God’s sovereign rule. However trying our circumstances, deep our pain, or confusing our paths, we know God reigns, is not confused or surprised, and works all for our good. Our angst, our grief, our fears are under His watchful care, and never too great for His loving comfort to envelop or His plans to incorporate. The near and now has not yet touched the forever. (Psalm 22:28; 135:5-6; Jeremiah 29:11; Romans 8:28)

Have I slid into narrow, horizontal vision? Am I prone to measuring my issues in human terms, and wriggling uncomfortably with my lot in life because I don’t like or understand it? Will I instead determine to lift my eyes, to maintain a high view of the God who conducts all of life’s orchestra, and trust His perfect precision, righteousness, and grace?

My God, teach me to see with Your vision, and discern all things from the vantage point of Your character, high purposes, and truth. May I ever glorify Your majestic sovereignty.

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