THE SERVANT GENERAL
LESSONS OF JOB
Today’s psalm (Ps 46:2-9) reading brings us back to
the devastating flood wrought by typhoon Ondoy. The psalmist
says “its waters rage and foam and mountains totter
at its surging” (v.4a). We experienced severe flooding
and landslides. A huge landslide happened just outside our
compound in Antipolo, which blocked Sumulong Highway with
big boulders, muddy earth and fallen trees.
the midst of our affliction, when we laid helpless before
the onslaught of nature, many rediscovered God. When there
was no other place to turn, people turned to God. When the
situation seemed hopeless, we found our hope in God. When
the earth trembles, it is actually God’s voice that
who can figure out the Almighty? Who can fathom the inscrutable
ways of God who allows misfortunes to happen, only to bring
good out of them?
Time and again, we suffer in the world. But such suffering
purifies and is salvific. Such suffering brings us closer
to God, makes us more dependent upon Him, leads us to trusting
more in Him. If so, then such suffering, even as it causes
great pain and affliction, is a blessing and is cause for
needs to happen is for us to accept that God is just and righteous.
Whatever He allows to happen, it is intended to draw us closer
to Himself, to set us back on the right track, to focus us
on the things that really matter in life.
such, even in the face of calamities and threats to our physical
well-being, we trust and will not be afraid. Why? Because
“the Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the
God of Jacob.” (v.4b). “God is our refuge and
our strength, an ever-present help in distress. Thus we do
not fear, though earth be shaken and mountains quake to the
depths of the sea” (v.2-3), “though nations rage
and kingdoms totter” (v.7a). If so, then nothing can
ever again faze us. Not severe earthquakes or tsunamis, not
world wars or global economic crises. Nothing at all.
Occasions such as Ondoy should spur us to evangelize. People
need to understand what is truly happening. And people, as
they are led to Christ, should find their comfort, consolation
and joy in God. When people ask, Where is God in all this?,
we must be ready and able to answer: “The Lord of hosts
is with us” (v.8a).
in the midst of grief and suffering, we must be able to issue
the invitation. “Come and see the works of the Lord,
who has done fearsome deeds on earth.” (v.9).
The Almighty! Just and righteous is He.
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