This Christmas was my first one away from my family. It was also one of the greatest Christmases I have ever experienced.
When people would ask me in the leading up to Christmas how I felt about being on my own I was honest. I knew moving across the ocean would come with some complications, but I also knew that this was a part of growing up.
I was invited to a friend’s house, and we spent the day eating, relaxing, and thanking God for all He has done. Presents were exchanged and memories were made. Honestly a beautiful moment I will hold onto for the rest of my life.
Several weeks ago my mom had asked me to give some money to my friend, and she made me promise not to ask why I was doing that. I still asked a couple of times, but Mom’s mouth was sealed. She wasn’t saying anything.
So when Christmas rolled around, I was in for one of the most precious surprises of my life.
We were sitting in the living room just chatting when I randomly heard my mom’s voice. Like a dog, my head perked up.
Next thing I know I see my parents on FaceTime, and they are watching me open their presents on my friend’s phone. Talk about an incredible moment.
We were thousands of miles apart, but we got to spend some Christmas time together. There was a beautiful plan that I was unknowingly a part of. I didn’t know why a certain thing happened, but when the fruition of that effort was revealed I realized it was more than worth the time it took to get there.
In the concluding chapter of Job, we see Job repenting after the Lord reveals the truth of His sovereignty. Job couldn’t understand why he had went through the troubles that he had, but God reminded him that he didn’t have to.
Job hears directly from God about His knowledge and His power. God questions Job, approaching Him with boldness declaring, “Now gird up your loins like a man, And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!” (Job 38:2)
God wasn’t being cruel. He wanted Job to realize that He is sovereign and that He does have a plan. Things that happen in life are not random instances but are part of a grander plan. God has a purpose for us, and that purpose cannot be thwarted. And if we are wise, we don’t want His plan to be thwarted.
I know that our situations were vastly different, but there are some similarities in the broader sense. Like I didn’t understand why I was giving money to a friend, Job didn’t know why he was experiencing what he was. We both asked questions, trying diligently to figure out how we had got to this point and why.
Neither of us received immediate answers. But when we did, the realization was far greater than we could’ve imagined.
I believe Job’s revelation at the end of the book is something we should really meditate on. It took God having to personally remind Job of His transcendence for Job to realize that God had not forsaken him and that God truly did have a plan for Job’s life.
We may not always understand why certain circumstances invade our lives, but I can assure you we will only find peace when we know Jesus. We won’t find satisfaction in asking why or even receiving an answer why. The peace of the Holy Spirit, the peace that passes all understanding, can only be encountered when we trust that the Lord has a plan.
If we don’t know the character of our God, we are in for a rough ride. We will blame Him, saying all the bad things happening in our lives are His fault. Let me remind us firstly that we live in a fallen world and secondly, God’s character is infallible and good. He cannot contradict Himself.
As we finish up this year and step into 2017, I pray that our minds are focused on who God is. He is our Creator, Sustainer, and Friend. He loves and has a mighty plan for our lives.