Are you in the middle of something right now? A situation in your life where you aren’t quite sure where it’s going to lead you?
Are you trying to see the future so that you can know what decisions to make today?
Here you have a man who did everything “right”. He was an upstanding citizen, he provided for his family. He loved God with his whole heart. But, for reasons we can’t understand, God allowed Job to be tested in ways that I can’t even imagine. His entire family was killed. He lost all of his livestock, which meant he lost his way of living. Then to top it all off, he became covered with painful disease that made even taking a breath excruciating.
While he was in the middle of all of this, a few of his friends came to him to basically sit with him and just be there for him. They tried giving him advice, but their advice (while from a good heart) didn’t reflect what God was in fact doing in this situation.
So what was He doing in Job’s life at that time?
I don’t know if we’ll ever know on this side of heaven. But God knew and Job trusted Him! It’s clear when you read this part of Job’s response to his friend.
“Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, concealed even from the birds of the air. Destruction and Death say, ‘only a rumor of it has reached our ears.’ God understands the way to it and He alone knows where it dwells, for He views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens. ”
God understands the way to wisdom, because He IS the way to it. All wisdom is in Him.
So how does this apply while we sit in the middle of some big picture that we can’t yet see?
We can seek His wisdom in the little things. We can look for tiny miracles along the way! Recognize God’s hand in even the minute little steps in the direction He is leading you. Praise Him for showing you only what you need to see, here and now. And remember to trust that while we can’t see the future, we can trust the One who not only knows the future, He knows every little important detail of the present.
Bible Journaling Prompts
Apply what you’ve learned
♡ It’s good to really understand just how great and endless the wisdom of God really is. This week, look up the following passages and really dig into God’s wisdom:
- Romans 11:33-36
- Proverbs 3:5-6
- Proverbs 1:7
- 1 Corinthians 1:18-31