Know the Heart of God
Because of Job’s intimate relationship with God, he desired to know the heart of God. Throughout his ordeal he maintained his trust that God also desired a relationship with him. Believing this, Job was convinced that if he had done something wrong God would reveal it to him so a close connection could be maintained.
Disorientated, Job was unable to walk away, but he also found it intolerable to stay bound by the shackles of suffering and pain as he loathed even his next breath. Yet he clung to God desperately, as one fearful of losing his grasp upon Him. Job knew that comprehending the nature of his suffering ultimately was beyond the range of his human ability. How could a mere man understand that which is from God’s hand?
“Yet my friends laugh at me,Job 12:4 NLT
for I call on God and expect an answer.
I am a just and blameless man,
yet they laugh at me.”
HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO ME?
More than just an experience with suffering, God was perfecting Job’s relationship with Him. In the kiln of trials we must yield as God conforms us into the image of His Son. It is in the dark places that the metal of a relationship is hammered into the form God desires it to be. Crisis ignited the flame, which provided the necessary heat to forge Job into deeper desperate dependency on God. Suffering draped the backdrop and created the context and the impetus through which purification could occur. God views our limitations not in terms of how much we can withstand, but in terms of what will it take to bring His children closer to Him and produce simultaneously His likeness within us.
God, true wisdom and power are found in You. Counsel and understanding are Yours. Yes, strength and wisdom are Yours. You uncover mysteries hidden in darkness. You bring light to the deepest gloom. I need you. . . .Job 12:13, 16, 22
(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)
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