King David was another righteous man who was blessed and protected. He said, “Lord, you assigned my portion and my cup. You made my lot secure. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places.” And, “You will show me the path of life. In your presence is fullness of joy. In your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.”(Ps 16:5-6 & 11). It doesn’t mean David was free of stumbling blocks, but he knew where to place his hope and trust.
The stumbling blocks for Job were murderers, thieves, his wife, and eventually, his friends. They hadn’t harmed Job previously, but they were part of Job’s culture. Job was a wealthy and influential man; the type of person usually targeted by wicked people. Imagine for a moment how many times in Job’s life he must have been protected from the collateral damage of schemers? Satan even complained about God’s protection of Job. When that protection was reduced, Satan attacked. In his misery, Job wrestled with the question of why God allows suffering, yet Job’s torment did not come from God, nor did Job blame God.
When people sin, there are consequences, and the repercussions can hurt others. When we fall victim to the sins of others, we can forget to turn to God in our suffering. But he can’t provide his full protection if we push him away. When we are tempted or hurting, those are the times to lean into God and seek his help. We must become like little children who look to our father as the one whom we trust to catch us when we leap into his arms.
Looking back on our lives, we can see how many times God intervened. We are grateful now, but one day, we will know the full extent of God’s protection throughout our lives. The truth of his love will be overwhelming. Praise him now in every moment because he deserves it far more than we currently know. He is a good, good father.