Lifelines April 07, 2019

Life was cruel to Job.  All of his goodness did not shield him from the waves of bad news.  Just when it seemed that it could not get worse, it did.  He was under attack in a battle that exceeded his vision and understanding.  Spiritual forces had gathered at the throne of God for a conversation.  He had become a target.  The artillery was earth shattering. 

Destruction came from every direction.  One messenger after another brought the news.  Servants, dead.  Animals, dead.  Children, dead.  It was more than the human mind could comprehend.  Where was the Lord?  How could He let this happen to such a righteous man?  Allow it?  He gave permission.  That stretches us beyond our understanding of a gracious God.  How did Job respond to such devastation?  He fell to the ground and worshiped (Job 1:20-21).

David knew loss.  He was a man after God’s heart (Acts 13:22), but he had his less-than-admirable moments.  Adultery and a murder scheme were among his most glaring sins.  Those horrible miscalculations resulted in the death of his innocent son.  In spite of his devotion to the Lord and intense prayer, he still suffered the consequences of his actions.  How could God allow such heartbreak in the life of his handpicked king?  He did not simply permit it to happen, He caused it (2 Samuel 12:15).  The child died, and David worshiped (verse 20).

World powers threatened the people of God (Revelation).  The Lord’s assessment of the churches revealed very little to build optimism.  Most had problems, and the handful that were faithful were small and weak.  The odds seemed to favor the bad guys.  They had numbers, resources and lots of weight to throw around.  It looked like an unfair fight until we get a glimpse behind heaven’s door (Revelation 4). 

There sits the eternal God.  All revolves around Him.  He is unlike anything we have ever seen.  He created it all.  He reigns supreme over it all.  His power is unchallenged and harnessed in ways that we could never understand.  He always has been and always will be.  He both created the world and destroyed it by flood.  He allowed Satan to unleash all of his fury against Job.  He took David’s child.  He is God.  We are not.  The elders in heaven fall before Him and worship.

Worship is the natural response when we begin to grasp who He is.  We will never fully comprehend Him.  His ways and thoughts are vastly different from ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).  Isaiah realized his sin when he caught a glimpse of the Lord in the temple (Isaiah 6:1-4).  John collapsed at the feet of the Son when He saw Him (Revelation 1:12-17).  Whenever our eyes are truly opened to see the Lamb in all of His glory we will join the heavenly elders in worship (Revelation 5:14).