From the Pastor’s Desk
What or Who?
One thing is certain. One doesn’t always know what is around the corner. Years and years ago, I was on vacation with my parents. We had gone out West and were touring an old western town when it happened. As my father and I were making our way to the back of an old western house, a rattlesnake met us on the trail. Let’s just say, I didn’t know my father was that fast!
The “what” in life can have immediate consequence. The “what” in life can also keep one up at night. It can also make such an impact in one’s life that the believer begins to question what the Lord is allowing or doing. In the book of Job, the LORD exposes his servant Job. He unfolds for Satan the character of Job. He says of Job, he is a “blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil.” That’s a very impressive description. Even more impressive than the description of Job is his response to the LORD allowing Satan to interrupt Job’s comfortable life. By the end of chapter one, Job has lost his possessions, which were many, and his children, which were many as well. The Bible reveals that in Job’s response, “Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.”
There are times in one’s life when adversity or trials enter the door. How one handles these things can certainly bring to light the depth of one’s understanding of the “Who.” While Job would learn many lessons about the “Who” as this book reveals, it is incredible to read his response to losing his possessions and children. The Bible reveals that Job recognized the Sovereignty of the LORD and as well worshiped Yahweh. What an amazing response! His focus after the loss was on the “Who” not the “what”. LORD, help me to focus on the “Who” not the “what”.
Thaddeus C. Blount