Why would God deliberately send a famine? To punish the guilty? But, what about the innocent? Is that a God of Justice or a God past finding out?
I remember when the famine began in my life—the captivity.
In one event, things were put into motion that turned my life from green and fertile into a wasteland. Like dominos falling, I saw my nice, neat, orderly life, dissolve into chaos.
Is that what happened to Joseph? David? Job? Jonah?
Why does God step into our sweet order and so rearrange us that the result is famine, captivity, confusion, and sorrow?
Dear Reader, were you as stunned as I was when the chaos descended?
Dear sweet Job. Minding his own business. Living a life of holiness and obedience and, suddenly.
Yes, that’s it. Suddenly your nice sweet orderly world slips off its axis, and suddenly everything you thought you knew about God, about others, about yourself—all of it is put through the fire!
Did you try to understand it?
I did. Job did. But we, Job and I, were about to be introduced to a God “past finding out.” (Rom. 11:33)
Have you met Him?
If you’re reading this chances are you have.
And, I imagine you’ve made some discoveries about Him, haven’t you? Like, “… My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways…” (Isa. 55:8)
I have a much different view of those words today.
Past finding out? Yes. Unsearchable? Yes! A God of Justice?Yes, but on His terms, not ours. His plan. His purpose. His servant. His way.
Even in famine, injustice, and captivity?
Yes, even that.
The DREAM~MAKER’S Promise:
“… He called for a famine in the land; He destroyed all the provision of bread. He sent a man before them – Joseph – who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters* He was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the LORD tested him.”
Psalm 105:16-19 NKJV
* a chain or shackle for the ankles or feet
A Caterpillar’s Prayer:
Father, this is some of the hardest stuff you give us. Famine. Our mind may look for Your plan, and try to see the good in all the bad stuff that happens… but our hearts? Oh God, how our heart’s reel under some of the things you hand us! It has taken me a long time to learn this very difficult discipline of singing: songs in the night. I confess LORD, for so long… there was no song in me… only stunned, dumb, silence… wincing and stumbling through the dark. Holy Spirit, come. Comfort every hurting heart reading these words today. Truly, You are the only One who has the balm to heal our brokenness. Heal us LORD. Help us. We lift our tear-full eyes to You ~ for You are our only hope.