Remembering things gives us a context for the present and the future. It has been said that you cannot properly see the future if you have a poor understanding of the past. Job is no different. He remembers his former life, a life he remembers as blessing. The problem with our remembering is that we remember different things built upon perception and not reality. Blessing never comes through a life without trial. A life of ease is a life that never needs God. America is Job’s former life. We live in great comfort, never needing God for anything. Why do we need heaven when we can just go and buy it at Best Buy? I wonder what we will remember when we look back on our lives of ease when the trials come our way…are they already here?
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.