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JAMES RAY, Editor
W here is God? Job once asked that question when his life had been
shattered into a million pieces. Job was the most righteous and godly
man on planet earth.
God said so. Yet, in a matter of months, his children are dead, his financial
assets are decimated, his wife is distraught, and finally his health fails. He has
literally fallen from riches to rags. His friends condemned him. His character is
attacked. Job could not understand why God did not come to his rescue or why
the Redeemer seemingly was far away.
Job pleaded, “Oh that I knew where I might find him” (Job 23:3). However, Job
knew that somewhere out there, somewhere in the darkness, the eyes of God
were watching and loving.
God was working out a plan and it would all
become plain in due time. Job said, “But he
knoweth the way that I take: when
he hath tried me, I shall come
forth as gold” (Job 23:10).
On July 7, 1851, ten years before
the Civil War, a slave couple
Charles and Hester Tindley in
Berlin, Maryland, gave birth to
a son and named him Charles.
That son in adult years recalled
scenes of slavery and hardship.
From those dark and dreary
years, Charles Albert Tindley put
in verse the striking words below.
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There is no reason why God should ever
look with favor on this humanity. Yet, He
does. Still He pleads, “Come unto ME.”
In Revelation 3:20 He calls, “Behold, I
stand at the door, and knock:
if any man hear my voice, and
open the door, I will come in
to him.” Man rejected God
in the beginning and the only
alternative was a cursed earth.
Even so, throughout the ages
of chaos, God could be seen
moving and working out His
planned redemption to bring
fallen man BACK.
Charles A. Tindley Job recognized that all the
Trials dark on every hand,
And we cannot understand,
All the ways that God would lead us
To that blessed Promised Land;
But He’ll guide us with his eye,
And we’ll follow till we die,
For we’ll understand it better by and by.
...And we wonder why the test
When we try to do our best.
But we’ll understand it better by and by.
Charles Tindley’s song expresses faith in the
loving providence of God. This is so unlike
some people in today’s world who ignore
and neglect God every day of their lives.
Then when trouble comes, they quickly turn
on Him with. . . “If God is a God of love, why
would He allow bad things to happen?” The
truth is that no one deserves anything but
judgment and hell. It is because of sin that
our world is cursed.
tragedy and darkness was allowed by God.
All of that was, in reality, God Calling. God
was not pleased with Satan’s attack on Job
or of those of his fickle friends, but even
before the words were written, God was
working all things together for good in Job’s
life. Through the darkness and gloom, Job
knew that He was there—that it was GOD
CALLING. Our world staggers in spiritual darkness.
Could it be that God is allowing the present
darkness that has descended on the whole
earth to Get the world’s attention?
Dear Reader, is it possible that your present
darkness just might be in your life. . .