Today's Lectionary Text
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:
“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
“Or who shut in the sea with doors
Many years ago, long before I was a pastor, I had an acquaintance through work whose 4-year-old son died in a tragic car accident on the interstate. While visiting with her a couple weeks later, she told me her grandmother had said that this was God's will because God needed another angel. I was shocked but didn't challenge her belief because it was apparently bringing her comfort at that moment when her grief was so deep. Yet, this has troubled me many times. Was that accident God’s will? Is it possible to even know God’s will?
This passage from Job seems to be saying to me that "unless you were by My side when these things happened, don't even begin to think you can know the way I work in the world." If that is so, then how can we begin to know God’s will?
Can we determine when God has been at work in our lives? Or when what we are doing is God’s will? I’m not always certain about the answer to either of these questions. However, I do know that when I am the most connected to God through prayer, meditation, and scripture then I am most able to know God’s desire for me and the world around me. I know that when I have prayed deeply and intently for someone or a concern I have, then my eyes are opened to see God’s miracles at work.
I do believe that God’s deep desire is for the wholeness of all humanity and all of creation. I don’t believe God wills tragedy, disease, birth defects, broken relationships, death, or war but that God is always with us when we walk through the times of life that are struggles.
Prayer for Reflection
God of mystery, open my eyes to where you are at work around me so that I can see your grace and love abound even when I am struggling to believe. Amen.
This Week's Lectionary
Job 38:1-7 (34-41)
Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c
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