Passage of the Day: Job 42 … Linked for study …
My Journal for Today: And now, Job having come to the realization that his God had a plan all along, … that the Lord knew what was best all along, … and that God’s ways are profound and way beyond the vision of man, the Lord’s mercy and justice is worked out before Job’s eyes. And as we read it in Chapter 42, those who gave Job all that bad information were reproved by God and Job was fully restored in his lifetime. Therefore, Job’s situation becomes a model of God’s justice being perfect; and we see that the scales held by the Father of all justice will one day be brought back into perfect balance – His balance.
My friend, we have to realize, as the circumstances of life seem to put those scales of justice out of balance, that God’s ways are mysterious to us. In my devotionals on Job these past few weeks, I have been brought to remember the truths of Isaiah 55: 8 – 9 [linked here for your meditation] and Romans 8: 28, the latter which I hope you have already memorized. These truths tell us that all things in our lives are for our good as Christians and that God’s ways are so much higher than our ways, often being so obscure that we are not given the privilege of seeing their profound ways in this life.
But Job was finally able to see God put it all into balance; and sometimes we will be given that privilege. I can remember thinking some of these same thoughts when we saw Neil Armstrong step down on the moon or when the Berlin wall was brought down in crumbles. Both of those events in our times seemed to be the result of a God moving to right the scales of justice. They had come about in such a miraculous way that it had to be something beyond man moving those events in our times. At the time Armstrong stepped on the moon I was not even a Christian; but I had to recognize that that accomplishment was way more than man could bring about himself. However, my perspective was very different when the Berlin wall and communism in Europe fell. The Lord was in my life then; and I saw, as did millions of others, that God can and will move in wondrous ways to bring about His own profound plan.
Are things all out of whack in your life? Are the scales of justice imbalanced from your perspective? Well, stay in there, fellow believer! Pray for patience and diligence because God is likely preparing you for some profound plan which you cannot see right now. If nothing else, He’s preparing you for Heaven; and that should be enough for any of us. One day the scales of God’s order are going to be brought into perfect balance; and we will be privileged to see God’s perfect plan in its perfection. But now, we simply must acknowledge that God is the only One Who can see it; and we will see only what HE designs for us to see and know. And truly all things do work themselves for His good and His glory.
My Prayer for Today: Lord, help me to have the patience to wait for Your plan to reach Your perfection. Amen