Inspirational Thought of the Day:
Seize the moments God gives and use them for eternity, for they vanish like the wind.
Job 14:1-2, 5
“Man, born of woman, lives but a few days, and they are full of trouble. 2 He grows up like a flower and then withers away; he flees like a shadow, and does not remain. 5 Since man’s days are determined, the number of his months is under your control; you have set his limit and he cannot pass it.”
Job paints a rather sober view of our existence, one colored by the turmoil he was encountering at the time. I appreciate his honesty. It is also helpful to know that our expectations should not be for a perfectly rosy life. Such an expectation can lead to assured disillusionment.
This passage is just a snapshot, though, into the process God was guiding Job through. Job learned to appreciate his position before an Omnipotent God, but he had not yet learned that he was unworthy of any kindness from His Creator.
A lot of grappling with how a good God could allow suffering had to take place before Job would realize in the presence of God that He was unworthy. Complaining about the deficient conditions he was in would not produce the righteous life God desired, but walking through trouble would change him into a grateful man of God who no longer took for granted the blessings God gave.
Although Job’s suffering is hard to hear, the lessons “caught” are precious. Since we have a short life, we ought to live it well. Climbing ladders for our own selfish gain or expecting a perfect trouble-free life will not be investing in eternity. God help us to not waste the moments we have been given.
Although we live in a fallen world, the expectation of blessing is ours in Christ, but it is often veiled and hidden from our eyes. We see blessings where God might see the blessings as stumbling blocks. We see burdens where God sees a thing of beauty in the making.
Lord, You are all-knowing and know what is best. Help us to live our lives down here in holy fear, grateful for every blessing and not straying from the mission you have given us – to know You and make You known.