“Do you know the time when the wild mountain goats bear young? Or can you mark when the deer gives birth?”
Job was confused. He did not understand how God could allow so much suffering in his life. When God finally speaks to Job, He asks a simple question, “How long is the pregnancy of a deer or a goat?” These are not difficult questions. They could easily be answered by observing nature. Yet, it seems Job did not have the answer. To be quite honest, I didn’t know either, and had too look it up. Why would God ask him that question? What does the birth cycle of wild animals have to do with the trials Job was facing? I think the answer is found in a question Jesus asked Nicodemus.
John 3:12 “If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?”
Job had to realize, life is filled with concepts we do not understand. Just because our finite minds cannot comprehend something, does not make it untrue or unfair. If Job was able to look at life through God’s eyes, he would find answers to many of the questions which plagued him. Certainly, there are some things we will not understand until we step out of time and into eternity. However, many questions can be answered if we look at life through the eyes of God. We do that by looking into the pages of the Bible, seeing who God is, and how He works.
Years ago as I was watching “Jeopardy”, a contestant answered question after question correctly. I was amazed at his knowledge of history, science, music and more. But when it came to a question from the Bible, he was at a loss. The question could have been answered by most of the children in our third grade Sunday School class, but he was stumped; he had no idea what the correct answer was. Too often, we are like that man. We are confused because we fail to take time to get to know God, as He has revealed Himself in His Word.
Whatever you might be facing, take time today to read your Bible, and get to know the Author. If you are new to the Bible start reading the Gospel according to John.