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March 19, 2015, 8:58 AM

Just A Click Away

There are new words added to the dictionary every day. The English language continues to grow. Just a few years ago the word, "doh", was added to the dictionary. "Doh" is the word the fictional character, Homer Simpson, uses when something goes wrong or he's upset. I'm sure you feel so much smarter for knowing this. 

One of the newer words in the English language is, Google. I'm not sure if it's officially in the dictionary yet, but it's definitely a part of our culture. Just imagine you are hanging out with some friends and there comes up this obscure question, "Who's the drummer for the Flaming Lips?" While all of you wonder why anyone would even care someone says, "Hey, I'll Google it!" The answer is just a click and a few seconds away. (I just Googled it...it's Steven Drozd)

Isn't it great to have all of these answers so easily available. It's so nice that Google gets 3.5 billion searches a day...a day! We love to have answers. It's really nice to be able to settle arguments and curiosities in just a matter of seconds. But what happens when there are no answers to be had? What happens when we search and search and nothing happens? You know what it's like to watch that little circle on your computer just spin and spin and it just freezes up. 

There are times when God does not provide answers for the questions we have. 

One of the greatest examples of this is Job. We can try to easily wrap up the story of Job in two chapters. This seems to be all we ever read or teach or preach. It goes like this...Job is a great man, the greatest. Satan tells God that the only reason Job serves him is because his whole life has been charmed and blessed. God allows Satan to do anything to Job but kill him. Job suffers in a way that's unbelievable. His wife tells him to curse God and die, have some integrity. Job tells her that we need to be willing to accept bad from God as we also accept good. He doesn't sin in anything that he says. 

That's a nice little package. But the book of Job has 42 chapters in it, not two. 

Job is visited by his well-meaning friends who do nothing but make him more depressed. 

Job cries out to God about the unfairness of his life. He cries out to him about how this doesn't make sense. He whines and complains like any of us would...he even curses the very day he was born. God eventurally tells him to shut up. God tells him that he is God and Job is not. Job repents of this, and everything that he lost is restored and then some.

In all of these 42 chapters Job is never given any answers. God never sits him down and says, "Listen Job, here's why I did what I did. Let me give you some answers." God never does that. There is no explanation. 

God is not a search engine. He doesn't just give us all the answers. I believe God gives us the answers that we can handle, but much of what God does we can't understand. Isaiah wrote that God's ways are not our ways and his thoughts are not our thoughts. If God tried to explain much of what he does we wouldn't be able to comprehend it. 

We may not have every answer that we search for about life, but we have enough answers to serve God. Just serve him and trust that he knows what he's doing. 

 

 


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