Job 42 (NIV)
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.
“You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.’
My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes.”
‘My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you’
This passage hits close to home. I am a visual learner by nature. It is one thing to sit around and be taught about a particular subject and it is quite another to see and experience that very same thing with my own eyes. I need charts, graphs, and pictures to enhance my learning experience. It’s not so much that I need ‘to see it to believe it’, I just need a few props here and there to truly understand the concept.
We understand that Job is a good man. He was ‘blameless’ and ‘upright’. He feared God and turned away from evil at all costs. He has what I consider a perfect relationship with God yet it took tragedy for him to gain insight on what that relationship was all about and he is more humble for it. Have you been there before?
We encounter many moments in life that give us new insight on our relationship with God. They make it more personal, more meaningful. They strengthen our faith and allow us to have a more humble appreciation. Those moments come in the form of monumental milestones, happy occasions or tragic losses. They can also be as simple as holding a baby chick for the first time or watching a crimson sunset on the beautiful desert horizon.
As you go into the weekend, take some time to reflect on those insightful moments. Think back on the many ways your eyes have seen God in a different light causing your relationship to grow. I can’t wait to remissness on those occasions with my Creator when I meet him face to face.
Take care until we meet again!