Yesterday we talked to our kids about a weekend getaway for the family coming up in a few weeks. First thing this morning my 4 year old started to pack. We tried very hard to explain to her that she didn’t need to pack yet. We were just telling her so she would know the plans of the family. But her knowledge of the event created a child like urgency in her and no amount of discussion was enough to prevent her from preparing.
I think God sees us like this sometimes and I think he enjoys it just as much. When He tells us what He has planned in the future we accept it with child like faith. Then we get in a big ole child like hurry to get ready as if it is happening today. Sometimes this can be overwhelming for the people who pay attention to God’s voice. In the end, it’s just the art of being child like. The same thing that makes us all in believe what our Papa is saying, makes us flip out and jump to get ready. We need to warn everyone and move to the right city and store up the right supplies. But God doesn’t often just say, Ok today’s the day to uproot your life. That’s more for the grown kids. For us little ones He gives us enough time to understand, adjust and forget before the day actually comes. By the time His word comes to pass it is a new surprise all over again half the time. He loves that, because we jump up and down about it all over again!
Ok we are getting into Job at chapter 8 and we are going to find Jesus in here. This section starts into he process of all Job’s friends trying to explain what’s happening and failing miserably. We try to do this with people in tragedy a lot of times. His friend isn’t trying to harm him, he is trying to encourage him and bring him back to God not realizing that he didn’t walk away from God in the first place. We try to help people this way so often, it’s good intentioned but it misses the mark.
Now when we get over to chapter 10 he starts to prophecy of Jesus. “I say to God: Do not declare me guilty, but tell me what charges you have against me. Does it please you to oppress me, to spurn the work of your hands, while you smile on the plans of the wicked?” Do you hear it? Do you hear Jesus speaking through Job? Job tells us how Jesus will one day feel about being punished for His innocents. Isaiah tells us it pleased the Father to bruise the Son.
Let’s look over at chapter 12, “I have become a laughingstock to my friends, though I called on God and he answered- a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless!” Again we can hear these words in Jesus’ mouth. Job isn’t going through this for any other reason than to prophecy of Jesus and point to Him. Can you imagine going through troubles in your life because they tell the story of Jesus? It happens all the time to this day. Sometimes the words out of your mouth accidentally prophecy the return of Christ or the trouble in the church or something about Israel. Any portion of the plan of God that is still coming can become a prophecy in your life. Sometimes that’s amazing! You may have a great triumph, but a great trial can also be you walking out a prophecy of Jesus.
May you understand the truth of what you are walking in. May you live recognizing Jesus in the troubles of others. May you know that you are always in the plan of God. May you have hope in your day of trouble! It will be your story to the saints and you will tell of it forever! I hope that you are able to join in the reading today, it is Job 8-24. I pray that you would see the Holy Spirit in circumstances, in scripture and in your own heart! May the Lord open your eyes to the fullness of His plan in the earth and may God bless all y’all.