Wondering Wizard of Uz # 4
THE WONDERING WIZARD OF UZ (No. 4)
In this article, we are again “off to see the Wizard, the Wondering Wizard of Uz”. Job was a “Wizard” and he lived “in the land of Uz”. This is our fourth visit to this “land of Uz”. He is an example for us all (James 5:11). But what do we learn from him? In this fourth article we will briefly mention another lesson we can learn from this “example of suffering and patience” (James 5:10).
LESSON FOUR. In lesson three we learned that “The most important thing on earth is not the things on earth”. The things on earth (relationships, wealth, respect, reputation, or health) can change, be taken away, and/or destroyed. We learned that “The most important thing on earth” is to “trust in Him” (Job 13:15). When we go “off to see the Wizard, the Wondering Wizard of Uz” we should not miss this point. And in this final visit to the “land of Uz” we need to realize that “trust in Him” is not only “The most important thing on earth”, it is also “The most rewarding thing on earth”. This seems to be the main point God wants us to see when we visit Job. In James 5:11, James wrote, “Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.” Note that we are to see “the end intended by the Lord”. In the end “The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first.” (Job 42:17). The “end” is what God has in mind for us from the beginning. It is the finish that counts. God’s ultimate goal is to never leave us in a state of suffering, sorrow or in sin. He may permit it for a time but He will bless us in the end. In “the end” we will realize that God is “very compassionate and merciful” and this will never be more evident than when He takes us to heaven. The “sufferings of this present time” (no matter how bad they are) are “not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us” (Roman 8:18). I guess Paul said it best: “That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (II Corinthians 4:16-18, NLT). All Christians have been “grieved by various trials” but they will be “receiving the end of your faith” which is the “salvation of your souls” (Read I Peter 1:6-9). Just as God blessed the latter end of Job’s life more than first, He has promised to do the same for us. Remember, God has never promised us smooth sailing in this life, but He has promised us a safe landing. It is in this hope that we have “as an anchor for the soul, both sure and steadfast” (Hebrews 6:18-19). Job’s faith paid off in the end and so will ours. God saves the best for last. In the end, we will fully comprehend that God has always been our very best friend.