We have all had difficult days, but few of us have had a day like Job’s in Job 1. First, word came that his oxen and donkeys were stolen and every servant watching them but one was killed. While that messenger was still reporting on the theft, another messenger arrived to tell Job that fire fell from heaven and consumed Job’s sheep and the servants watching them. Then while that second messenger was still speaking, yet another messenger arrived and reported that Job’s camels had been stolen and those servants killed. And then while that third messenger was still speaking, still another messenger arrived with the worst news of all—Job’s children were all killed when the house they were in collapsed from a powerful wind.
Job’s losses were staggering. He lost nearly all he had. But perhaps even more staggering was the pace of the news. Back-to-back-to-back-to-back. In a matter of minutes, Job’s world fell apart around him.
As we consider our own suffering, and that of others, we need to remember pain often comes not only from what we experience but also from how and when we experience it. Sometimes what normally would not bring us to our knees does because of how it happens or when it happens. In these times, we need to fight to remember that God is sovereign not only over what we experience but also over how and when as well.
What are some ways you can rest in God’s loving control in His timing in your life?