It is, of course, very difficult to explain or even describe the deeper reality of God. That is why we find Jesus so many parables to express the fundamental things about salvation, Godís forgiveness and His love towards humans. The book of Job in the Old Testament is a very interesting and revealing one. Although he struggles in the beginning to make any sense of all his untold sufferings and loss of his health, properties and dear ones, soon he realizes that Godís ways are always demanding and yet rewarding.
Job in a puzzle
Job was god-fearing. He relied on God for everything. Yet when trials and tribulations he found it difficult to come out of his den of despair. He could not understand why God allowed all those calamities in his life. He was quite aware that Godís ways are incomprehensible.
Jobís argument with God and Godís retort
At one stage, Jobís argument grew may be beyond tolerance, and God retorted back, ďWhere were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understandingÖwhen I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed bounds for it, and set bars and doors.Ē (Job 38:4-11)
Job realizes Godís work and he is blessed
Thus Job realizes the role of God in every creation, and he finally decides to surrender to God. And that total surrender, though painful to him at the moment, turns out to be greatly rewarding. That is what wee read in the last chapter of Job, how God blessed Job with more than what he had in the beginning. His properties were retuned many-fold and he lived for 140 years to see many generations.
Godís ways are demanding
Many times we find Godís ways are demanding because they go beyond our understanding. Godís ways seem to us demanding naturally because our human nature usually goes in the opposite direction of Godís ways. But if we just stop and reflect, our own past experiences can tell us that His ways are really rewarding.
Godís ways are simple
Godís ways are simple and straightforward. We may tend to think that in order to please God we have to do extraordinary things. Aiming at such efforts, we fail very often to focus on simple things that can easily please God.
Even science struggles hard to understand the riddles of nature
Not only we are baffled by matters of soul or God, but we realize that even the recent scientific developments sometimes go beyond our human understanding. There are many mysteries that make science stumble and struggle. ĎMatterí is no more just a matter. Einstein proved in the recent times that matter (mass) and energy are inter-convertible and that matter itself is a concentrated form of energy.
Godís ways are really rewarding
Our efforts to understand the mind of God or to fathom into the mysterious ways of God will not always meet with satisfying success. This inability may make it appear that Godís way is demanding. But if we have faith to see His goodness and if we have humility to see His wisdom, then we can find that Godís ways are really rewarding.
What God expects from us is to be a sincere seeker of His ways and our surrender to His plans. Godís ways, though may seem to be demanding, are always rewarding.