When Things Seem Wrong

Brian Clark

When Things Seem Wrong

Job had no idea what was going on in the heavenlies. He had no idea that the “sons of God” had presented themselves to Jehovah and the Satan was among them (see Job chapter 1…very mysterious and intriguing). Job had no idea that a cosmic test/struggle was about to begin and he would be at the center of a tremendous drama which would inspire millions of people for thousands of years. (It is believed that Job is the oldest book in the Bible, predating the Noahic flood). You will recall that Job was completely in the dark as to what was happening to him. Re-read that last sentence and realize that each of us, though our situation may not be as dire nor as drastic as Job’s, could say the same thing: we simply do not know the whole story about our lives because we cannot see beyond the physical.

Monday…We all experience tremendous frustration in our lives because of our limited ability to see the big picture.  Take a moment and read Matthew 2 and Luke 1,2 and realize the frustration that had to be in the hearts of Zechariah and Elizabeth and Mary and Joseph as they were part of a drama/story that they could not possibly understand. Mary is with child having not known a man; Elizabeth is barren and wants a child.  Their husbands would, of course, have their own serious questions as they considered their circumstances. We all can identify with each of these Godly people.

Tuesday…Have you ever thought that God may have forgotten about you? I find it difficult to imagine that the God of the Bible actually knows everyone on the planet. Over 7.5 billion people! Yet, God assures us that He not only knows us, but has a good plan for our lives. See Romans 8:28.

Wednesday…A famous song from yesterday is, “The Day the Music Died.” As every true rock ‘n’ roller from the 50s and 60s knows, that song is about the plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holley, The Big Bopper and Richie Valens. What is not generally known is that Dion was slated to be on that plane. He gave his seat to Richie Valens. What seemed like a very bad thing, namely that Dion was unable to fly to the concert, turned out to be the very thing that saved his life. Dion later became a Christian. Something to think about!

Thursday…We often wonder why some people are handicapped, trapped in terrible situations, etc. Has it occurred to you (it probably has) that good looks, wealth, power, popularity, etc., can be worse? Look at what happened to River Phoenix, Marilyn Monroe, Kurt Cobain, Rock Hudson, Heath Ledger, Amy Winehouse etc., etc. II Corinthians 12:9,10 will speak to your heart.

Friday…We are strangers in this world.  We are in the world, but not of the world.  See John 15:19 to help gain a perspective as to how this world feels about Christians. Now we see why we often have problems that are not of our making and that seem to make no sense in light of our good intentions.

by Dale Holzbauer