* Pastor Jeremiah is taking a break for this week in writing the daily blog to accompany your reading. Scot M. is our guest writer for today’s blog post.

God “does whatever he pleases” (Job 23:13). Does that frighten you? It “terrified” Job (23:15), understandably so, for he was in agony because of God’s choices, though he didn’t know why. Yet he had no intention of running from God, like the frightened Israelites in Ex 20:20. Instead, he searched for Him persistently, even though God seemed unreachable (Job 23:3-9).

Can you trust that God was doing the best for Job, and that what He pleases to do is the best for us, even when we hurt, and that we are His treasures, not His puppets?

We shouldn’t expect God to always make sense to us. His ways are beyond what we can comprehend. Can we let it be enough that God’s ways make sense to Him, and that He is always righteous and good and doing what is best for us?

When we are dismayed by our suffering, as Jesus was dismayed in Gethsemane by the prospect of bearing our sin (Mt 26; Mk 14; Lk 22), “we are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us: we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be” (Letters of C. S. Lewis).