God’s Classroom

The pandemic has shown us how fragile life is — how fragile the systems are that support our daily life. It awakened us from the routine and helped us focus on what is important in life. It gave us a new perspective on people and things we may have taken for granted.

This made me think about Job. Before traumatic events fell on him, he was a righteous and prosperous man. Although scripture doesn’t say, he may have taken his good life for granted. Job 1:3 tells us, “and that man was the greatest of all the men of the east (NASB).” That’s quite a position he held in his day.

When tragedy struck Job, his life abruptly changed which caused him to examine his life. After he lost riches, family and his health, Job remained a righteous man but with a different perspective on life.

He was prayerfully honest with God, seeking to understand. He had more appreciation for God’s love and grace. He expressed to God: “What is man that You magnify him, And that You are concerned about him, That You examine him every morning And try him every moment (Job 7:17-18)?”

Like so many lessons in the classroom of life, what we learn can easily be forgotten. I hope we will not soon forget what the last few months have taught us.

© 2020 CGThelen

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