Verse of the Day

"My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you."

~Job 42:5

Today's Devotional Thought

May 13, 2011 by Wendy Foreman


Have Your Eyes Seen Him?

Has there been a time in your life when you knew that you had seen God? Not only heard about Him, but seen Him? What does that mean to you?

The book of Job is so interesting and I have enjoyed studying it recently. I highly recommend that you read it and really study it. In this book, Job has lost everything except his wife. He has been struck with illness and left to die basically. And this man, who was described by God at the beginning as righteous, begins to question whether God is even in control. His friends are convinced that there is sin in his life and that is why he is experiencing such devastation. They go back and forth throughout the book of Job and at the end of the book, you read about Job and God finally interacting. And in this interaction with God, Job is brought to his knees in repentance. As he begins to realize that he has questioned God and had a lack of trust where God is concerned, he says today’s verse to God: “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.”

Job went through a life changing experience and he was trying to figure out why he was going through it. He questioned God, his friends, and himself. And then God finally came on the scene.

Let me ask you this: do you sometimes use what you can’t understand as an excuse to have a lack of trust in God? That’s what I believe Job had throughout his story: a lack of trust. God was with him through every bad circumstance. He had him in the palm of his hand. Job couldn’t see him, that is for sure, but when you have lived a life that honored God like Job did, one would think that his faith would help him to rest in God and learn that when God gives you something you can’t handle that is when he carries you through it with his strength.

Let me say here, however, that I am not saying that fear or a sense of uncertainty is a lack of faith or trust. We are human and when we face uncertainty our first reaction is to be scared. What we need to do as believers is turn that fear over to the Lord and allow him to remove it and fill in its place his peace that passes all understanding. But instead of turning his fear over to God, Job argues with God and his friends about why this is happening to him at all.

When Job finally heard from God, he was filled with humility. He knew that he had been wrong and in that moment, He saw God in a very real way, a way that he never had before.

So I ask you again, have you had that experience? Have you ever seen God in a very real way?

I had that experience about a year ago. I sat in my living room and cried out to God in a way that I never had before. I was hurting and needed to see God in a new way, a way that would change my life forever. I sat there until God came and met me. And ladies, I can honestly tell you that I have never been the same.

If you are facing something today and you are questioning God and you are getting no answers, I can not promise you that God is going to meet you with answers to all those questions. I can promise you that God will meet you and help you through whatever you are facing. There are things in this world that happen and we are mad and angry and we see them as unfair. As I have said many times, everything that happens is not God’s fault. We live in a fallen and sinful world and there are bad things that happen that we can’t explain. The awesome thing for us is that we have a loving God who is there to help us through.

Let me ask one more time before I close: have your eyes seen him today? If they haven’t then friends let me suggest that you seek him today until they have.

Memorize this verse today:

"My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you."
~Job 42:5

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