I don’t know about you, but I have been in Job’s shoes many times with regards to what he is saying in chapter 21. We all probably know people who seem like nothing bad ever happens to them, even though they live a reckless life. Partying it up every weekend. Heavy drinking. Drugs. Lack of moral compass. Physical aggression. Whatever descriptors that can be used. And yet, they seem to be happy pretty much all the time. But I think the operative word here is SEEM.
Job has had a very tough stretch and he is at his wit’s end. He knows people that live a wicked life, and yet nothing bad seems to happen to them. On the other hand, he has been faithful up to this point in his life, and yet he has had a miserable run as of late. He can’t figure out how it is still possible that of all the people that he knows, HE is the one who is having so much misfortune.
But the story isn’t over yet for Job. In the moment, within the recent time period, he is stuck in a rut. He can’t see beyond his current situation. He doesn’t see into the future what God has in store for him.
The same is true for us. At times, we get into a rut and it seems like it just isn’t fair. We see people around us who seem to have no trials or tribulations…ever. Everything seems to always go right for them, but here you are, with a broken down car again, and some health issues, and bills piling up. But, maybe, as the saying goes, you can’t see the forest for the trees. There is still more to your story. Just like Job. Everything will be just as God intends it to be in His time. We must be patient and faithful, knowing that God has a plan that we can’t even begin to comprehend. What seems like a horrible situation in the moment, no matter how long that moment lasts, will eventually turn into something amazing if we just trust in God.
I struggle with this last paragraph often. Too often I find myself thinking that things are tougher than I can handle and that there is no way out. Sometimes it takes me days, weeks, even months, to realize that I need to take a step back and let God take over. As Jesus said in Matthew 19:26, “All things are possible with God.” So be patient. Ride the storm out. God hasn’t forgotten you. Jesus said that he “is with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). Do you believe it?