I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. — Job 42: 2
Let us trust in God’s plan of salvation and in His help!
To many people, Job was a man who accepted all the trials permitted by God and humbly endured his sufferings. However, Job was also a doubter, and even a man who reproached God. He wrestled for an answer to his sufferings and expected a response from God: “He has cast me into the mire, and I have become like dust and ashes. I cry out to You, but You do not answer me; I stand up, and You regard me. But You have become cruel to me; with the strength of Your hand You oppose me” (Job 30: 19–21). These verses reveal his despair.
God finally responded to Job. Here we see that God is not a God of silence, but one who makes Himself heard. The book of Job mentions that God speaks out of the whirlwind. The details of how this transpired are not important. The only important thing is that Job listened to the word of God and came to the following conclusion: “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know” (Job 42: 2–3).
God’s omnipotence and dependability
Job professes to God that He is all-powerful and always realizes all things He has ever resolved to do. Contrary to human beings, there is no contradiction between God’s will and its implementation. It is for this reason that we profess God is the Almighty. The omnipotence of God is completely devoid of capriciousness because God does not act on the basis of His own interests—as is the case with human rulers—but rather only in the interests of His creation and its needs. We can see that this is the case in the plan of salvation, which He has designed and will also implement. God promised
- Abraham that he would become the father of a great nation. And that is exactly what happened.
- The people of Israel a land flowing with milk and honey. And the people of Israel eventually did enter into this land.
- A Redeemer, who came into the world for the salvation of all mankind in Jesus Christ.
- The return of Jesus—and we can trust in this!
When we look into the Old and New Testaments we cannot help recognize that God always fulfils the promises He makes. This means that we can also justifiably trust in God. And so it is that we also steadfastly await the return of Christ, which has been promised to us.
Trusting in times of trial
Perhaps we too have had our doubts as Job once did, and perhaps we too have felt abandoned by God. Let us be wise and trust in the power of God. We are confident that God is with us and
- Will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able (1 Corinthians 10: 13).
- Helps us in difficult situations so that we can cope with them.
- That we will not lose our faith or hope, even if our situation seems hopeless.
If we trust that God will complete the history of salvation and accompany us day by day, this will bring us great inner security and a special kind of peace that we can share with all those who have become unsettled in the course of time or as a result of difficult circumstances of life.
* Thoughts from the Chief Apostle adapted for divine service held on 07 August 2016 at Midrand Congregation.