I admit I once lived by rumors of you;
now I have it all firsthand—from my own eyes and ears!
I'm sorry—forgive me. I'll never do that again, I promise!
I'll never again live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumor."
(Job 42:5-6 MSG)
Messed up world pain-
She wasn't much help. Neither were his friends who came to his side. But Job never cursed God. Was it because God was very real to Job? Is that why God came and spoke to him?
I have some questions for you,
and I want some straight answers.
Where were you when I created the earth?
Tell me, since you know so much!
Who decided on its size? Certainly you'll know that!
Who came up with the blueprints and measurements?
How was its foundation poured,
and who set the cornerstone,
While the morning stars sang in chorus
and all the angels shouted praise?
And who took charge of the ocean
when it gushed forth like a baby from the womb?
(Job 38 MSG)
I have been reading the prophets from the Babylonian exile and although the people are grief stricken and terrified, they somehow still believe in God's goodness.
Could we do the same?
When I put myself in my right place, as a creation of the Creator God...not equal to, not catered to...I find life seems more "right" and flows more easily. It is when my humility is lacking that life is so uncomfortable. I certainly don't have all the answers, but I know God is good. I know that He can redeem every situation and every pain. I have seen it. I chose to trust God's truth rather than rumors of God.