"I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes." – Job 42:5 NLT
Job had been admired throughout his community. He was known as a “man of complete integrity.” A person who had been “blameless.” God Himself recognized that Job stayed “away from evil” (Job 1:1, 8). Job knew much about God and lived in ways he felt pleasing to Him.
Reacting to events in his life, Job said many things about God. In the process, he made statements that reflected his opinions. He spoke as a man who loved God but did not seem to have a real, personal relationship with Him. And Job did not know how to communicate directly with Him.
Then, everything changed. As Job emerged from his trials, God spoke directly to him. His eyes were opened as he saw God “with [his] own eyes” (v. 5). Through the process, Job learned about God personally. God is not an idea or a concept; He is a living God. And he could have a real relationship with Him. Job could communicate with Him.
How many people today know about God, but don’t really know Him? They have opinions about religion but don’t have a vital, personal relationship with Him. It is critical that each of us has this kind of encounter with God and develops this relationship. In your life, don’t be content with formal religion and second-hand opinions. Spend time in communion with God. Seek to see Him with your own eyes.
PrayerFather, I desire to have a more personal relationship with You. Speak to me. Help me draw closer to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended ReadingJob 42