“God, tell me why you are doing this to me. I want a reason.” Looking back at the moments during my last pregnancy when I cried out in anguish to my Lord, I see my stupidity. I see my fast-paced, high-maintenance American ways infiltrating my spiritual communion with God. I had demanded of God an answer.
Let me share with you a chapter in Job that we discussed in our Angels Meeting. For 37 chapters in Job, God listened to such talk as “Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for! Even that it would please God to destroy me; that He would let loose His hand, and cut me off!” (Job 6:8-9).
God also listened to Job’s friends question and assume His reasons for Job’s suffering until finally, in Job chapter 38, God spoke.
“Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof?” (verses 2-6)
You know what God was telling Job? He was saying, “Job, who are you to require a reason from Me? Why are you so special that you can avoid natural disasters when others must receive them?”
I know this thought sounds harsh, but God didn’t ease up on Job. Job had just lost every material possession he had. Job’s wife told him to curse God, and his friends told him that he must have committed some great sin to deserve this circumstance.
If someone today had accumulated Job’s same wealth and social status and then by some stroke of evil had lost all that he owned, not one person would blame him for deserting God.
Still, God thundered, “Job, who do you think you are? I formed the world; I gave breath and life. I get to call the shots.” God was reminding Job of one very important attribute: His sovereignty. God is fair to do whatever He pleases with His creation. God is sovereign.
What do you think about God’s sovereignty? Is it fair for Him to destroy His own work?
by Sarah George