Across God's Desk



When we look through our own lens, we can't see what God is looking at. We have to step back and attempt to see the whole picture, a picture that may not be what we want to accept it. I have wondered how God decides who gets what and how do the blessings and trials of life fall. We learn from Job 1:6-7 ...and Satan came also among them. And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. Even our enemy stands in the presence of God. He has to ask permission to bring hardships and tests to our lives.


It may appear that God is not watching because the answer didn't come through in the time that we expected. By the time Job received any answers from the Lord, Satan was already granted permission to bring a lot of hardship to he and his family.


One of the hardest things for me has been to wrap my mind around everything that has happened in my personal life that God stamped "APPROVED" on. In my story, God chose to fill it with suffering and hardship. Looking at all the suffering in the world, God is fully aware, yet it seems as if he does nothing, or does he? Why does it appear that the Lord sits by and approves that which is hard and difficult? We often see the world through our brokenness so the picture is so obscured. How can we see the clear picture without being able to see it and seeing it clearly may not happen at this time in our lives?


Job lost his children, his live stock, and was a broken man. His friends accused him of doing something wrong and the wrath of God was upon him, when in fact all the time God was allowing Job to be tested. In all of his hardships, Job worshiped God. We never know when God is wanting the glory for His story from our lives, even if it is so hard.