November 12, 2009
READ: Job 1:8-22
We should not trust in ourselves but in God. ó2 Corinthians 1:9
The geological features at Yellowstone National Park fascinate me. But when I walk among the geysers, Iím aware of how close I am to danger. I am walking atop one of the largest, most active volcanoes in the world.
When I read the book of Job, I feel as if Iím walking through Yellowstone on a day when the volcano erupts, exploding the earthís fragile crust and bringing disaster.
Like tourists at Yellowstone, Job was enjoying life. He was unaware that only a hedge separated him from disaster (Job 1:9-10). When God removed that hedge and allowed Satan to test Job, his life exploded (vv.13-19).
Many believers live in circumstances where it seems as if God, for some reason, has removed His hedge of protection. Others, also for reasons unknown, live in relative calm, seemingly unaware of their fragile existence. Like Jobís friends, they assume that nothing bad will happen unless they do something to deserve it.
As we learn from Job, however, God sometimes allows bad things to happen to good people. Although disaster can strike at any moment, nothing has the power to destroy those who trust Christ (2 Cor. 4:9). No disaster can separate us from Godís love. ó Julie Ackerman Link
Though darker, rougher, grows the way
And cares press harder day by day,
With patience in His love Iíll rest,
And whisper that He knoweth best. óPentecost
Godís love still stands when all else has fallen.