Job 30:25-26 “Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor? When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.”
“It’s not quite what I expected…”
“I though God would’ve…”
We all have expectations that never seem to materialize. We also place expectations on people and are disappointed.
But what happens when we have expectations of God and He doesn’t seem to come through? In the previous chapter, we read of Job’s prosperity.
Job 29:7-8 “When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street! The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up.”
Job 29:13-14 “The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.”
Then, after the calamity that befalls him, we read how he questions the hand of God on his life.
We grow comfortable with our surroundings, our place, our ministry, our church, and those in it. Pretty soon, we allow apathy to set in and the burning heart, the desire to walk with God, the longing to pray and see answers, the reading, meditating, teaching and preaching of God’s Word becomes passé.
Then, God, who will never allow us to become sedentary or grow mold under us, comes and allows situations and circumstances in our life that seemingly ‘upsets’ the norm.
I have heard some say, “I’m fine with my life… why does God have to interfere?” It sounds like a teenager upset with their parent’s involvement in their life. But I, too, have had times when I have questioned God as to His movement and involvement in my life. Also, the times when I have expected Him to do something and Heaven seems shut up and His voice silent.
It is in those times, I find that my faith rises to tell my heart that God is still good – all the time. He promised never to leave me nor forsake me. His love is unsearchable, eternal, and unwavering. I remember His words:
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Peace – not evil.
Psalm 139:17-18 “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.”
When we truly take the time to think on God; who He is to us; who we are to Him, and the grace, the mercy, the love and forgiveness we’ve received… How can we NOT feel gratitude rising in our hearts?
As we are a week away from Resurrection Sunday, my heart comes to rest on how significant that day has become and will mean even more when I see His face and hands.
Share those thoughts with someone today. Invite them to your church for Easter Sunday. Let them know just what the Savior has done for them and how much He loves them!