“As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.
“Even after my skin is destroyed,
Yet from my flesh I shall see God; –Job 19:25-26 NASB
Many times we face trouble and hardship because this world is fallen and broken. We also have an enemy whose threefold mission is simple but deadly: steal, kill, and destroy.
In the midst of these trials, we may take comfort that one day it will all be over and one day we will see God. One day we’ll leave this world of pain behind and He will make it all right.
All of that is true of course, but we’re forgetting something. God is not only capable of surprising us, I’m convinced He likes to do just that.
Mary and Martha experienced that as they mourned the death of their brother. Jesus was trying to tell them that this wasn’t over, but in their haze, they only seemed to be able to offer up religious platitudes.
“I know one day Lazarus will be raised up…”
It’s similar to Job’s confession, and we do the same. Whenever we find ourselves looking toward the sweet by and by or that miraculous ‘one day’ we have the opportunity to examine our hearts (more accurately, we let the Holy Spirit examine us). It’s not the day or fulfillment we are waiting and longing for, it’s the Redeemer and Finisher. We can keep our eyes trained on Him.
The day certainly can’t save us or show us anything, but we persist in this line of thinking. Sometimes we do this to hold onto a shred of encouragement. Other times we do it out of serious unbelief. Either way, we should remember that God is a God of surprises.
He shows up in a thousand unexpected ways for and through people that may have no clue. Like Job, like Mary and Martha–we may have ‘one day’ in mind, but He just may want to reveal Himself a little sooner.
Remember after God shows up and confronts Job? He changes his tune in more ways than one. He had a real experience with the living God and it brought him to repentance and a new perspective.
Then Job answered the LORD and said,
“I know that You can do all things,
And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.
“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear;
But now my eye sees You; –Job 42:1-5 NASB
He didn’t have to wait until the final day and very well may not have to either. Keep looking and seeking, asking and knocking. If my eyes are going to get worn out, I want it to be from looking and waiting for Him rather than looking for that day or heaven’s distant shore.
We certainly have a precedent set, and who knows–He must just surprise you.
Have you ever been surprised by God? Do you fall into “one day” thinking? If yes, why do you think that is?