Job 30, 31 Matthew 13:31-58

The kingdom of heaven is like…Matthew 13:31, 33,44,45,47

  • A mustard seed
  • Yeast
  • A treasure hidden in a field
  • A merchant hunting for fine pearls
  • A fisherman’s net

It’s hard focusing on heaven when your life looks like Job’s.  People wonder how God can allow good people to suffer. One of my friends sees God as more of a villain than a hero.

“If that’s how God treats people, then I don’t want anything to do with him,” she said. I didn’t know how to respond.

I’m thankful God’s existence doesn’t depend on our opinions.  Job had every reason to wish God away, yet he never lost faith in his Creator.

I have another friend who focuses on heaven during her “storm walking”. The difference between the two experiences? One friend is looking at the wind and waves; the other is looking at the One who created the wind and waves.

I don’t know what heaven will be like. I just want everyone I love to be there. I guess I need to get busy. Get my hands messy. Mix it up. Find some treasure. Go where the fish are. Share the pearls. Plant some seeds. Watch the kingdom grow.

Lord God thank you for making room in the kingdom of heaven for “blameless” sufferers like Job and sin cleansed believers like me. I pray for everyone to come to know You and your only Son Jesus who sacrificed his life to cover the sins of the world. Amen

yicareggie

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11 responses to “Job 30, 31 Matthew 13:31-58

  1. dmbaldwin

    Thank you Reggie. Great thoughts for today. I have been impressed by the ability to be able to compare the Old Testament and New Testament readings this time around.
    Blesssings,
    Dave

  2. kathy (klueh)

    I had my “lost pearl” story happen last week. I had lost a favorite earring last Saturday while on a 4 mile walk in the woods with my husband. I said an unbelieving prayer asking God to help me find it. The next day we went for the same walk and I kept my eyes out for it. Just when I had given up and stopped thinking about it. My husband said, ‘There it is, you just stepped on it.” I thought he was making fun of me, but sure enough, right under my foot was the earring. God drove that story home to me. The chances of me finding that earring, much less stepping right on it were slim to none. If he would bother to work those details out for a cheap earring, how much more would he do for that beloved friend and family member that I longed to find Him. I love the everyday tools God uses to teach us about Him. Your post nailed it.

  3. This post is so very encouraging, and the call to action contagious. Thanks, Reggie.

  4. When I read about Job’s suffering, I remind myself that it is Satan who has attacked him and his family. Job continues to cry out to his God with the knowledge that without God’s grace, mercy, and justification, a man has no hope. I like that Jesus details that kind of faith for us. All we need is Him and all we have to give is a little faith and a will to seek Him. All is not lost in Him; all is not forsaken by Him. Thanks for reminding me, Reggie, that opinions matter not to God, but we do!

  5. Thank you for all your lovely comments. You are all very encouraging.

  6. jmitch1

    I don’t know why, but it really bothers me when people say things like your friend – well I do know why, but that’s another post. 🙂 Seriously though, the thing that strikes me the most about people like that is that they think God is someone they should be able to control – like He exist to serve them, instead of the other way around. I think that is one of the hardest things for people to come to – that God is God and he is greater then anything we could imagine. If the conversation ever gets to it, I like to bring up Job chapter 38 where God asks Job “where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth…” Great post! I love getting riled up! 🙂 Jim

  7. Reggie

    I understand and share that feeling.

  8. kathy (klueh)

    I think that God invites all these questions about who he is…thus, the book of Job. My son has struggled with the nature of God, especially when he saw news footage of bodies being bulldozed in Haiti. There are times when what I see sure appears contrary to God being good, but the truth and the mystery remain. God give me the wisdom and faith of Job to say “I know that my Redeemer lives.”
    This post has lead to a great discussion. Thanks!

  9. That everyone could say “I know my Redeemer lives”. That’s the dream and the prayer of my heart. Thanks, Kathy.

  10. juliet2912

    I can never understand why people blame God for the bad things, the tragedies that happen in their lives. During some of my most difficult/tragic moments, like the death of my brother in 2006, I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have God to lean on. That is the true treasure, the concept of ‘footprints in the sand’, know that God is there for me ALWAYS. When we do village ministry, I use these parables a lot, especially the lost treasure. It is a simple yet important message that is fun for the kids to watch my husband and I act out. I always share that there are 2 interpretations: 1) The treasure is Jesus and our salvation when we find it AND 2) We are the treasure for Jesus. We are all gold, pearls, rubies, diamonds…and He is our greatest treasure!

  11. Treasure in jars of clay. Thanks for sharing.

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