The formula for writing a cliff-hanging, nail-biting novel includes calamity after calamity for the protagonist until it seems things can’t get any worse. Then through a dramatic, unexpected twist, the character gets out of his bad situation and all the loose ends of the story fall into place. End of story.
Look at Job. When we first meet him, he is a ,God-fearing man with material wealth, a large family, the respect of his peers and God’s blessings on his life. Then Satan focuses his attention on the man. In one day, Job loses his possessions, and his family. In a second wave of calamity, he loses his health and bears the brunt of criticism from his former friends.Poor Job doesn’t even have the luxury of self-pity as he stands before the God of the universe who is judging him for his attitudes and actions.
If we stopped reading in the middle of Job’s story. we would feel depressed and defeated. But if we follow it to the end, we can see how God’s plan comes together. He ties up all the loose ends, restoring Job’s fortune and family. Job becomes a well-respected man again whose advice is sought by the same men who judged him during his trials.
God is at work writing the story of our lives. Too often we’re tempted to stop reading it in the middle of the book when the situations we face seem most hopeless and hurt so bad we can’t seem to get our breath..
But if we grab ahold of God’s hand and keep reading through the trial, we will see the loose, ragged ends of our story come together in a marvelous climax. Ours will be a story like Job’s which will give hope to others and glory to God in the end.
Lord, I love it when your plan comes together. Give me the courage and strength to continue living my story to the end where you win! Amen.