Good morning on a very wintry day. With the time change and road conditions, we may alter church times tomorrow but will still have church. I will check with police and elders before any decision is made. Weather doesn’t pay much attention to schedules.
"Does Job fear God for nothing?" Satan replied. "Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has?" Job 1:9-10
As I watch the blowing snow, I realize that we have a tendency as humans to believe things will improve if given time. Every downturn will have an upturn, every storm is followed by sunshine and every flood will drain away. It is the way of life but not necessarily the way of faith.
We think that if we are good and work hard enough and pray long enough, every difficult circumstance will turn around. A sort of formula for blessing. But Job plays havoc with that formula. Here is a man that did nothing wrong and everything right. And what happens to his life cannot be revoked or regained. He will feel that pain the rest of his life.
Don’t get me wrong. Doing the right thing is the right thing. There is reason and purpose for our prayers and our trust in God. What Job teaches us is that our good living is no guarantee for blessings. It rains (snows) on the just and the unjust. But it also teaches that God will never leave us.
Satan believes that we will crumble at the first sign of trouble or when things don’t go our way. He thinks our devotion to God is because of the good things God gives us. Here he makes his fatal flaw. We believe like Job believes.
"Shall we accept good from God and not trouble.?" (Job 2:10) There is no doubt that God puts a hedge about us and holds Satan at bay in ways we cannot see. But He is no respecter of persons. He does the same for all His children. And He allows us to deal with life face to face which is sometimes tragic.
No, the world doesn’t understand. We will love Him even if there is no upturn, the storm persists and flood increases. We don’t His church because we can afford it or it is the acceptable thing to do. We are family and He is our Father. We will do with Him wherever it leads. So, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.