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Find Your Place in God's Story

Like Esther, you may be exactly where you are for a specific purpose.

The bigger story trumps our small story. Keeping that perspective in front of us helps us to embrace each scene. Oddly, in the bigger story the difficult scenes often carry more importance than the easier ones. Because what happens through us in that difficulty may be weightier than we currently see.

Your Story Viewed in Context

One man got a glimpse of his story in the context of the bigger story. As we read his account, we gain insight into how to view our part. When Job initially experiences his loss, he doesn’t know what the reader can see—that there was a bigger story happening above him. All he knew was the excruciating pain he endured. Job lost his children, his possessions, and his health, however his own death was the one catastrophe he was not allowed. One day Job was thanking God for giving him life; the next he was crying out to that same God who allowed him to be ravaged with pain. The book of Job documents the fact that he was never given the reason why. What he did get was an encounter with the Writer of his script.

Crying out for an explanation, Job was met with silence. Instead the Writer takes him on a tour so he could see the bigger story. By viewing all that God was capable of, Job gained what the Writer desires from us all: trust.

It is curious that God never told Job the reason he suffered. One can only imagine that if he did, we might demand a reason ourselves. Instead Job is healed by the sheer size of God.

He surrenders his script with these words: “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2). With new awareness of his limited view, he repents and decides to trust: “Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know” (Job 42:3).

Job got a glimpse of his story through the higher view lens, but only after he went through more confusion and heartbreak than most of us will ever see. And in spite of the efforts trying to console him and give reasons for his circumstances, only one thing caused him to embrace his script: a shift in perspective.

Is it possible that our attitude about our script would change if we took time each day to shift our perspective?

July27, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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