“…I know that You can do all things, and that no thought or purpose of Yours can be restrained or thwarted.” —Job 42:2
First, let me say Job’s faith in the Sovereignty of God kept him grounded through his suffering and adversity. He resolved that he would trust God no matter what. And because I believe the Bible to be the infallible and inspired Word of God, Job story convinces me that God can be trusted now.
Many of us who confess our faith in God, and say we believe He can do anything panic and fall apart even over the loss of discomforts in life because we can’t live without the luxuries we’ve grown accustomed to having, or because we worship the gifts rather than the Gift-giver. (Don’t get angry; keep reading)
The book of Job reminds us that Job was “handpicked” by God to be Satan’s target. Could it be that you are handpicked to be a testimony of God’s trustworthiness as the Sovereign God? Awesome! Think about this. Here’s a man, an upright man by God’s standards who lost everything, yet made a decision to believe his God. Sure, at times he became overwhelmed, but through it all his trust in God is an example that we ought to aspire to.
The above verse (Job 42:2) records Job’s confession of faith in the sovereignty of God.
And as Chuck Swindoll says,
Remember that conclusion….When God says it will be done, it will be done. If it makes me unhappy? It makes me unhappy. If it hurts? It hurts. If it ruins my reputation? It ruins my reputation. . .
You want to know who’s in charge around here? The One who called the spaces into being, the One who put the clouds in place, the One who established the atmosphere in which we’re able to live, the One who separated the seas and the dry land, who gave you breath for your lungs and the ability to think. The One who placed you here, now in time, for His purpose, and the One who with the snap of His divine finger will pull you from life into eternity. Mysterious though our lives may seem, God, and God alone, is in charge.1
This day and in the days ahead, let us remember this truth; the conclusion is: God can do all things and no thought (purpose) of His can be stopped!
1Swindoll, Charles. Wisdom for the Way. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007.