Most Calgarian’s will debate the veracity of this statement, but apparently, Calgary is “The sunniest city in Canada.” It’s only a small consolation when the sun shines, especially when it’s -28 with a wind chill factor of “Don’t you dare leave your home, or your flesh will freeze.” We like bright sunshiny days like Johnny Nash sang about in his classic, “I Can See Clearly Now The Rain is Gone.”
Job had his own “I can see clearly now moment” with God that changed everything about, well, about everything! He had endured countless sermons (from supposed friends) lacking clarity, empathy and sound theology. Even his beloved wife suggested that he simply “curse God and die.” What a treasure she must have been to live with! He had his own struggles with God, as we all do, but God graciously intervened in his life (as he always does!)
Job acknowledges at the end of his book, “I know you can do all things; that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” God reminded him of his propensity to make grandiose claims about his situation that lacked knowledge and Job said, “I spoke prematurely, and I spoke poorly.”
But it is the words of his final confession that I love the most:
“My ears have heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you.” (Job 42:5)
Sometimes we think we’ve got God figured out, but head knowledge will never satisfy in the complexities of life that occasionally come our way. We need to hear his word – a key element behind this bible reading project – but ever more than that, we need to see his hand at work in our lives. And then we have the amazing privilege of extending what we receive from his hand to those he brings across our paths. Jesus’ teaching on the talents, the sheep and the goats is a great reminder of his call upon our lives to give to others what God has entrusted to us.
When we choose to look at the world around us through the eyes of God, we see all kinds of opportunities to bless others and see their lives impacted and transformed by the wonder of God. The latter years of Job’s life were even more blessed than the early years because he saw the heart of God and extended it to others. Where do we need to see God at work in our lives?
Lead Pastor and blessed to see the world with Joyce, his wife and best friend.