When Job endured a series of trials and tribulations, each one of his three friends had a different perspective. Coming from an old school point of God, each believed the Lord was punishing Job for something done in the past or present. Instead of praying for insight, individuals jump to false conclusions daily, following the the footsteps of Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite.
Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature, 1 Corinthians 14:20.
As I try to come to grips with my emergency eye surgery, there are some practical explanations. Maybe I spent too much time on my computer or watched too much television growing up. Perhaps, poor eating habits are to blame, fueled by a lack of a consistent sleep pattern. For now I can only speculate, waiting for the Holy Spirit to provide some insight.
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool, Isaiah 1:18.”
When things don’t make sense in life, an Old Testament prophet encourages individuals to reason with God. This process begins with coming cleaning, confessing any wrong doing that is blocking your relationship with God. However, acts of contrition must follow repentance. Sure the why’s may remain a mystery, but the Holy Spirit will provide pieces to the puzzle along the way as you continue to ponder reasons why you experience what you do.
by Jay Mankus