Job 42:5, “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You”
All his life, Job had learned to trust in the Lord, praying to Him, living for Him, leading his family in the things of God, But in the storm Job saw God. Having questioned God, God turns around and gives him 101 questions that leave him thinking and humbles him the most.
Through God’s questions to Job, Job had a new awareness of the wisdom of God’s hidden plans, a new sense of awe of His greatness and shows him his limitations even in the midst of the storm. In the midst of the storm, He appeared unto Job. At last Job understood God whom he had seen through the eyes of faith. No one who has seen the Lord in the storm can remain the same; it either breaks you or makes you.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego were thrown into the fire and in the midst of their storm, the Son of God revealed Himself in that fire and they felt comfortable in the fire though their situation did not change. It was amazing for them to see the Lord they had believed in, walked with, and lived for manifest Himself in their situation. So was Stephen just when he was about to be stoned, and Stephen Acts 7:55-56, “55…, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, 56 and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” Oh how we would desire to see the Lord right in the midst of the challenges that we are in.
You too might question the Lord as to why things are happening the way they are. We need to remember God’s word in Isaiah 55:8-9, “8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts”. At the beginning it may not make sense but as we trust and yield to Him, then we will move from just hearing about the Lord and what He has done to actually see Him before our very own eyes by faith. He is the fourth man revealed in the fire in Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego’s story. It appears that there would have not been a better way for Job to see God but while in the midst of his fire storm. He had never so well grasped the greatness, majesty, sovereignty, and independence of God as he did at that moment.
If we cannot understand what is happening and why it is happening, I pray that we can believe that He knows where we are and where we are going. You may have been praying for change in a situation and it does not seem like it is happening, as a matter of fact it is getting worse. Let your prayer be, “may I see You the way Job, Stephen, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego did in what would be considered a painful hellish situation”. His presence alone in the midst of it changes us completely and is enough to carry us through the storm, His presence brings about Joy and peace in the midst of it. 1John 3:2, “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is”
Therefore, as we are sanctified by faith, we must be sanctified by hope. That we may be saved by hope and be purified by it. Blessings Ev
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