Trouble from God
Unfortunately, from the outset Job blames no one but God for his problems. I remember listening to a trainer for fighter pilots speak on this very subject. He was sent to the Arab States to train their pilots for combat flight. During the training, whenever a pilot bounced off the runway during a landing, or missed a particular maneuver, they would blame Allah. “Allah willed it,” they would state. It became very difficult to teach them if they weren’t willing to accept responsibility for their mistakes, don’t you think?
Proverbs 19:3, from The Message says: “People ruin their lives by their own stupidity, so why does God always get blamed?” Such a good question . . .
I do like Job’s attitude in that he refuses to get bogged down trying to figure out all the “reasons” for his troubles. God knows the reasons; he does not. To “accept trouble from God” implies the acceptance of a certain illogical dimension to life.
However, we need to stop blaming God for all our troubles. Even insurance companies call natural disasters “Acts of God.” If I, being a father of four children, were accused of doing to them all the things God is blamed for doing to his children, I would have been in jail years ago for child abuse. Can you imagine a parent willingly and joyfully giving their children cancer, pneumonia, and diabetes? What about cutting their legs off to teach them humility? I am sure you have heard the saying, “Experience is the best teacher.” Now imagine a parent teaching a child the importance of looking both ways before crossing the street using the “Experience” method of instruction. How about a parent saying to the kids, “Alright kids, today I am going to teach you the importance of not putting your hand on the flame of a stove.” What kind of insanity would that show? Yet throughout history, we have accused God of doing just that.
God didn’t afflict Job, however the Lord can use those experiences to teach us and draw us closer. Although, during Job’s trials, and those we encounter, there can be rejoicing because those trials bring out endurance, steadfastness, and patience. We have to allow the endurance and steadfastness have full play and do a thorough work in our lives. Why? So that we will be perfectly and fully developed, with no defects, and lacking nothing in our pursuit of His Kingdom (see the letter from James).
When we are in the midst of our struggles and lack the wisdom to handle the situation, all we have to do is ask and our Father will give us the strength, wisdom and support we need.
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