Have you gone into the store-houses of the snow? Have you seen the store-houses of the hail, which I have kept for the time of trouble, for the day of war and battle? (Job 38:22-23 NLV)
Okay, so we got snowed out of worship today, but that doesn’t mean we can’t pause to reflect on the goodness and greatness of our God, and give thanks for who He is. If you are familiar with the story of Job in the Old Testament then you know he went through some terrible, tragic, trials. Job went through stuff that, quite frankly, we probably wouldn’t wish on our worst enemy.
The reason for Job’s trials was because he was a man of righteousness. He was striving to live for the Lord everyday. God was being glorified through Job’s decision to live everyday in a way that honored God. Satan can’t stand that; a life lived to honor God that is.
Ironically, Job’s “friends” thought just the opposite. They thought Job was suffering because he had sinned. To them it made no sense that God would allow a man who was trying to live good to go through bad circumstances. So, they came to the conclusion that Job must have done something wrong, and they weren’t shy about telling Job so.
Of course Job knew that he hadn’t. Job wasn’t sinless, but he was trying to honor the Lord with his whole life, his health, his wealth, and his family. In the blink of an eye all of that was taken from Job, and still he honored God with his response: I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord! (Job 1:21 NLT)
Eventually, the continual accusation of Job’s so called friends caused him to begin to want answers from God for his sufferings. Asking why is natural. Learning to be okay with not knowing takes faith.
God’s response to Job’s questions was both lengthy and humbling for Job. Included in God’s response was the verse at the beginning of this article. Job went looking for answers from God. God responded with questions for Job. In the end Job found faith, not in the answers he wanted, but in the questions God gave him.
Today we may know more than Job as to what causes snow and hail to form, but the lesson to learn is still the same. Whether it is a meteorological system, or an ecological system, or a cosmological system, God is the One who makes it all work. God is the One in control. And, God is the One we must trust.
No, we didn’t get to meet today, but we can look forward with great joy to the next time we can gather together and worship our Savior and God. In the meantime, as the snow melts away, give praise to the One who spoke it all into existence, the One who really is the answer to all of our questions.
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