Sometimes I just need a perspective adjustment. Last week I came home down because my students were nearing their state exam and were not as prepared as they should be. While I pour so much of myself into teaching, my students were not remembering the content from earlier in the year. In that mood I began asking questions like had I taught anything at all and why do so many students care so little? I know it wasn’t the best road to travel but I detoured there anyway.
If I’ve learned anything from the story of Job, it’s that sometimes we all need a change in perspective. After living life large with abundant blessings, Job lost it all. Through chapters of his friends telling him to repent of his sins, Job maintained his innocence and asked for an audience with God. He wanted God to tell him why he suffered such loss.
Not much has changed from Job down to us. When life knocks us down whether as a result of our decisions or not, we go to God asking why, where are you, why are you allowing this?
Maybe our wrestling match with God is over quick or maybe it continues for years.
If so, may I suggest a reading from the end of the book where God speaks to Job, chapters 38-41? Never does God reveal to Job why. God doesn’t tell of his conversations with Satan that led to Job’s troubles. Instead God speaks of his power and majesty asking Job many questions. Job begins the final chapter with a new perspective as seen here-
“I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.” Job 42: 2-3
Job didn’t walk away knowing why, he walked away with something better.
He came to know that God didn’t owe him anything; rather he owed God his praise, his very life.
By the time I went back to school the next day, I went with a better perspective thanks to God at work in my heart. Those test scores? Not as important as the efforts I made to love my students this year, my push to get them to do their best, work together with others respectfully, and be men and women of integrity. These are more important than passing academic exams.
Lord, like Job I sometimes need a perspective alteration as I walk through this life. When I lose sight or forget, remind me of your greatness and that you are in control. There is no need for me to fret or worry about my trials or loved ones for you are at work carrying out your great and perfect plan. Thank you! Amen!