I have been going through the book of Job during my morning coffee time which is always a surreal experience.
For those who haven’t read the book of Job, it’s a story that explores themes of suffering and what it means to righteous. It’s part of the poetry books in the Bible, so it’s more of a parable then a narrative story as part of the book has God having a conversation with the devil.
Job is a blessed man that has all of his blessings stripped away as almost an experiment of whether a righteous man would be able to believe even when he has nothing left. And Job wrestles with that concept throughout the book.
As I said, it’s a surreal experience and an excellent book to read as a person who was randomly born in a country filled with enormous blessings.
One particular section that I have been chewing on comes in chapter 35 where one of his friends is trying to give Job council.
When times get bad, people cry out for help. They cry for relief from being kicked around,Peterson, Eugene H. The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2005. Print.
But never give God a thought when things go well, when God puts spontaneous songs in their hearts, When God sets out the entire creation as a science classroom, using birds and beasts to teach wisdom. People are arrogantly indifferent to God— until, of course, they’re in trouble,
The friend then says that God is indifferent to those who are indifferent to Him, but that part I know isn’t biblically true as John 3:16 (a corner belief in Christianity) that God loves us all so much that He would become a sacrifice so that we no longer will perish in the next life.
But this piece of his friend’s argument makes me consider my faith in the good moments and in the bad ones.
When everything is okay in my life, sometimes I dredge up something in the past that is more trivial, so I have something for a prayer request.
Why don’t I share my thankfulness of an okay life? Why don’t I share the song that is in my heart and share it with others?
I need to better at taking every day seeking God in the things around me whether it be the birds who chirp in the air to the days of when I have good health. Because God is there and I shouldn’t be indifferent toward Him.