Words from the Heart for Saturday May 25th, 2019
Then Job replied to the Lord: “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.”
Job 42:1-3 (NIV)
Things too Wonderful for Me
Canada has some of the most wonderful town names anywhere. Some of them you will have heard – others likely not. When settlers landed on Bonavista Bay’s Eastport Peninsula, they were so impressed with the lush scenery that they named the new community Happy Adventure. What a wonderful name. No doubt you’ve heard of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. I’m guessing you may not have heard of a town with a similar name – Cow Head, Newfoundland. It is known not for its cattle, however, but for its rich fishing grounds.
Job had suffered terribly. He lost his children and his money. His friends generally gave him bad advice and his wife told him to curse God and die. But he didn’t listen to his friends advice and thankfully he didn’t abide by what his wife suggested. In the end, God blessed Job. He gave him more children and doubled everything else he had lost. Job replied in Job 42:1-3 we read, “Then Job replied to the Lord: “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.” As he had through it all, Job praised the Lord. He still didn’t understand why he had to go through all that he had, but he recognized that he would never understand the plans of God. Neither will we. Like Job, in good times and bad, we need to recognize that God can do all things and no plan of His can ever be thwarted. Not in Job’s life or in ours.
These have been words from the heart.