THE SERVANT GENERAL
LESSONS OF JOB
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, peace to you all.
It was just last Thursday at the Seniors Assembly that we
talked about our theme for 2010. It is a very rich theme,
and will take a lifetime to appreciate more fully. It is about
the majesty of God, about redemptive suffering, about being
awed and humbled in His presence. It seems God is not wasting
time in getting us on our learning track. Last Saturday we
experienced the devastating rains and flood. Many lives were
lost, many homes and material possessions were lost, and many
experienced pain and grief due to separation from loved ones,
hunger and thirst, and uncertainty about the future.
first lesson is about the greatness and majesty of God and
of His creation. "Who has laid out a channel for the
downpour and for the thunderstorm a path to bring rain ...?"
(Job 38:25-26a). "Have you an arm like that of God, and
can you thunder with a voice like his? Adorn yourself with
grandeur and majesty, and array yourself with glory and splendor.
Let loose the fury of your wrath; tear down the wicked and
shatter them. Bring down the haughty with a glance; bury them
in the dust together; ..." (Job 40:9-13a). We cannot
explain the heavy rains and flood. We find it hard to accept
the devastation God has allowed to be wrought. We are bewildered.
We are distraught. But God is just bringing home the point
that He is the Almighty! Oftentimes He can only get His message
through in situations of pain and grief, just like in the
case of Job.
second lesson is about redemptive suffering. The authentic
gospel is that of the cross, and suffering is its child. The
only way to glory is through the cross. Only in suffering
can we experience redemption. This is achieved through the
suffering of Jesus, and through our suffering as well. We
share in the sufferings of Christ. Now that is a great privilege!
In fact, the great challenge to living the Christian life
is a life of comfort and absence of pain. So when pain comes,
especially extreme pain through such a devastation as this
flood, then there is that great opportunity to grow in Christ.
We offer up our suffering. We grow in such virtues as trusting
in Jesus, hoping in the Lord, even being joyful in all circumstances.
We are being purified, and we are walking in the path of Christ.
third lesson is about reverential fear (awe) and humility.
What an awesome experience it is when the floodwaters rampage,
and when we are helplessly tossed about. How humbling it is
when we are no longer in control. How puny we truly are compared
to the majesty of God. If in our fear and humility we cry
out to Him and resign our lives and our well-being to Him,
then we would have learned one aspect of what He wants to
who were severely and negatively affected now have to rebuild
their lives. And that is the opportunity God gives us. We
rebuild our lives on the foundation that is Christ. We turn
ever deeper to God, and have greater zeal to bring other people
to Him. No one knows when tragedy or calamity will strike.
One must always be prepared, by being in a right relationship
with Him. One must be aware that we all belong to the same
family, and that we must be concerned about each other. We
help each other out, not only when there is a calamity such
as this, but even in ordinary times. And we must take care
of the wonderful creation God has given us. Water, an elemental
aspect of nature, is life-giving and essential to life. It
becomes destructive when we severely disturb the ecological
is right for us to shed tears at the calamity we have all
experienced. But our experience should bring us closer to
God. And we should have just a little bit more appreciation
of His awesome majesty. Never forget: just and righteous is
He! And in that we can rejoice.
the Lord bless and protect His people.
to me life is Christ, and death is gain." (Phil 1:21)
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