Sun City, Arizona, was developed on an orange grove. The developers planted a variety of orange trees in the mediums and many homes placed different varieties in their yards. New shoots grow from the trunk each year, and it is common to see them cut back to where one would believe they were going to die. But they survive and become more beautiful.
In Job 14, he is lamenting about how frail and troublesome life is. His life was a riches to rags story. Job continued to talk to God and questioned, “Why?” He knew he had done nothing wrong to make God angry enough to destroy his life. God didn’t do anything except he let Satan experiment with Job’s faithfulness. Through all of Job’s distress, he didn’t give up on God. He knew his real life was with God.
When life kicks you around, there is one thing to hold on to: Hope. Our hope is in knowing that God is for us, not against us. We build our faith on the resurrection of Jesus–proof wants us to have eternal life with him. We must remember God doesn’t pick on us with the illnesses, hardships, and tragedies. It’s the world that is full of sin and evil.
Lord, thanks for allowing us to question your love and yet feel your presence in our lives. Amen.