Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
“Agree with God, and be at peace;
thereby good will come to you.
Receive instruction from his mouth,
and lay up his words in your heart.
For then you will delight yourself in the Almighty
and lift up your face to God.
You will make your prayer to him, and he will hear you,
and you will pay your vows.
You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you,
and light will shine on your ways. Job 22:1, 21-22, 26-28 ESV
Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.” Matthew 26:36-46 ESV
Aladdin found a wonderful lamp. When he rubbed the lamp, a genie would come out and give him whatever he asked for. Aladdin asked for many things: riches, a beautiful princess for a wife, and a palace. As long as he had the lamp, the genie gave him everything he wanted.
Job’s friends thought God was like the magic genie. They thought that if you were a good person and did what was right, God would give you everything you asked for. We sometimes think that way too. We think that if we are good, or do certain things for God, God will do whatever we want.
No one could be more perfect and right than Jesus, and no one is closer to the Heavenly Father. When Jesus was about to die on the cross, he asked his Father three times not to have to die. But his Father was working out the way we could come back to him through Jesus’ death. He did not give Jesus what he asked for, and this is good news for us. Because Jesus died for us, all our sins are forgiven and we are God’s children.
God will not always give us everything we ask for. He will do what he knows is best, even if we don’t understand why. Because we see what he did for us through Jesus, we can trust that he will work things out for the best in our lives too.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for forgiving our sins for Jesus’ sake. Help us to trust you to work out what’s best in our lives. Amen