Have you ever thought how complicated God is, how mysterious He is, how beyond understanding He sometimes is? Have you ever been frustrated by the fact that He doesn’t always do what you want Him to do? Perhaps a great example will help.
The book of Job is about a godly man who is suffering greatly because God allowed the adversary (Satan) to attack him. Satan was sure Job would curse God because of the suffering that would be coming on him. God was sure he would remain faithful. In the end, the man never did curse God, but he was extremely frustrated about his suffering and wondered why God would not answer his questions. His friends joined in with a massive display of their wisdom. (Oh no!) When God finally did answer, things got put into perspective really fast, and simplicity ruled the day (as it should).
God lit into Job with an onslaught of “Who,” “Where,” and “Have you ever” questions that he could not answer. God’s “Who,” “Where,” and “Have you ever” questions let Job know that he didn’t know as much as he thought he did, that he hadn’t done much, and that he was not in charge. Job’s place in life was be the created, to take a humble position, to submit to God and to praise Him no matter what. And God wasn’t finished yet. He went on to let Job’s friends (who thought they had all the answers) know that He was angry with them also and ordered them to make sacrifice and pray.
Read the book of Job! Great story, isn’t it? Anything here we can learn about me, myself and I? If not, perhaps we should start making some serious sacrifices and praying really hard… then transform our lives (with His grace) into who he intended for us to be. Only then will our thinking conform to God’s thinking.