Mar. 2, 2019

Sidetracked

“But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and have not turned aside.” Job 23:10-11

There are some issues in life that will not be solved while we are living. We often ask, “Why is God allowing this to happen?” Or, “Where is the truth when everyone seems to be lying?” We may even ask, “Why doesn’t God make this all go away?”

Man creates the problems. God works with them. God doesn’t allow anything to be wasted. Every experience in life produces a lesson. The real question should be, “God, what are you trying to teach me/us through this?” I confess. I’ve began adding, “And could You teach me quickly, so this doesn’t go on and on and on….” <sigh>

God is so good. I’m not quoting a song. I don’t need to hear the quick comeback, “All the time.” God is so good. God gives us good things and allows the bad things to happen in life for one reason only. To teach us. God’s desire is for us to draw closer to Him.

In life, academically and spiritually, the word, “test,” often causes stress and phobias. God wants us to trust Him so completely that when we are tested, we remain firmly on His path. The verse accompanying this blog relays what Job learned through his testing. When God tests us, we can come out better than we were before the test. He wants us to stand firm and follow Him. He wants us to keep His way and not turn our backs on His truth.

Personally, I believe God’s children have turned their backs on what they know is true. I believe God’s children were put to a test but didn’t hold fast to His steps. We didn’t choose the way of Gold. We chose the way of gain.

So, instead of lamenting about how bad the world is or how sinful our nation has become, we might just try asking ourselves: Did we stand firm in His path? Did we uphold His ways? Or did we get sidetracked seeking self-interest at the cost of spiritual wellbeing?