Friday, December 14, 2018

Job 33:12-15 (ESV)
Behold, in this you are not right. I will answer you,
for God is greater than man.
Why do you contend against him,
saying, ‘He will answer none of man’s words’?
For God speaks in one way,
and in two, though man does not perceive it.
In a dream, in a vision of the night,
when deep sleep falls on men,
while they slumber on their beds,

Young Elihu is speaking to set Job straight in this chapter. Job's friends insisted that he was sinful because bad things happen to bad people. Elihu has a slightly different take. Job had been crying out a desire to present his case before God, and to hear from God. Elihu calls Job to present his case before Elihu, and claims that God has already spoken. Job just isn’t listening.

Two thoughts catch my attention as I think on Job 32. First is the arrogance of Elihu to think that he can hear Job’s case on behalf of God. I have to wonder how many times I have displayed that same arrogance. How many times have I treated others as though I were the ear and voice of God? I can be an ear for a brother. I can give counsel based on my understanding of God’s Word, and the indwelling Spirit of God. But, I am not the voice of God.

As believers, we must be careful not to step across that line and put ourselves in the place of God. That is what cult leaders do. That is what abusive church leaders do. That is what abusive family leaders do. That is not what humble servants of God are called to do. Peter says of false teachers that, “In their greed they will exploit you with false words” (2 Peter 2:3). Elders, on the other hand, are to, “Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock” (1 Peter 5:2). I need to regularly reassess before God how I am leading.

The second thought that came to me relates to Elihu’s insistence that God has spoken to Job; Job just isn’t listening. Rather than recognizing that sometimes God allows his people to walk through a dry and barren spiritual and emotional wasteland, we insist that any bad experience must be the fault of the individual. We cast blame. We try to find quick fixes. “If only you would confess your sin, then things would be okay again. If only you would be honest about your sin, then God would lift the emotional fog and you would experience his glorious presence.” But the truth is, sometimes dark times in the life of the believer have nothing to do with sin in our lives. Sometimes it does. We need to honestly ask God to search our hearts and reveal any sin that may be lurking there. But, sometimes dark times are just the path God has called us to walk.

Times of great rain cause trees to grow big, but times of drought make trees strong. We like to quote verses like Isaiah 45:8, “Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit; let the earth cause them both to sprout; I the LORD have created it.” We love verses like, Deuteronomy 32:2, “May my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, like gentle rain upon the tender grass, and like showers upon the herb.” We rejoice in verses like, Hosea 10:12, “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.” What we don’t like are passages like Job that reveal the darker side of the spiritual life. God sometimes allows dark times for no apparent purpose. The good news is that God uses those dry seasons of life to work his holiness and character in us in ways that seasons of blessing could never do. Perhaps we would do well to reflect more on passages like 1 Peter 1:3-9:
 [3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, [4] to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, [5] who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. [6] In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, [7] so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. [8] Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, [9] obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

The truth that Elihu could not understand, the reality that Job’s friends could not imagine, is that sometimes God does not speak. What they cannot grasp is that even when God does not speak, he is still present. In the darkest times, in the driest seasons of life. God is there. We may not see him; we may not hear him; we may not sense his presence, but he is there. We can still trust him. In those times, we need to worry less about blame, and focus more on the faithfulness of the God we cannot see. He is there and we can trust him.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Malachi 1:13-14 (ESV)
[13] But you say, ‘What a weariness this is,’ and you snort at it, says the LORD of hosts. You bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you bring as your offering! Shall I accept that from your hand? says the LORD. [14] Cursed be the cheat who has a male in his flock, and vows it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished. For I am a great King, says the LORD of hosts, and my name will be feared among the nations.

Earlier, in Malachi 1:10, God sighs, “Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain!” Why would God want the sacrifices stopped? Because no sacrifice is better than sacrifice that is burdensome, man-focused, and insincere. The people were bringing inferior, sick, and lame animals as offerings to God. They were viewing the sacrifices as another burdensome activity to get through. They were not worshiping.

It makes me wonder about our own worship. Do we come dragging in late, distracted, uninterested, and out of obligation? Or do we come together with hearts eager to meet with God? Ultimately the depth and power or our worship services is not dependent on the worship leader, the music chosen, or the effective planning of the worship team. Worship is about the heart. How might our corporate worship times look different if we came together with hearts inclined to bow the knee before the King and truly worship, not just go through the motions?

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Job 32:1 (ESV)
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

Job 32:1 is really a summary of Job 31. In chapter 31 Job recites a number of possible sins. He lists infidelity and immorality, mistreatment of his workers, not helping the poor, lack of hospitality, trusting in his wealth instead of trusting in God, false worship, and pride. If any of these are true of him, Job is willing to accept the consequences. He acknowledges that he would deserve the consequences. Yet, he continues to insist that he has committed none of these sins, and no witnesses come forth to prove him wrong.

I find two things particularly interesting. First is Job’s list of sins. Infidelity and immorality, and perhaps false worship would make our list of Top Ten Sins, but the rest are often viewed as secondary sins. Yet when Job is talking about the worst sins he could possibly have committed, he includes things like trusting in his wealth, pride, lack of hospitality, and not helping the poor. Clearly his perspective on sin is different from ours. This ought to at least cause us to take a second look at the Scriptures to see what God’s view of serious sin is. Does our view really align with God’s?

The second thing I find interesting is that Job is more than willing to accept the consequences of any sin he has committed. I can’t tell you how often I have heard or seen believers using every means possible to avoid the consequences of their actions. To my shame, I can’t tell you how many times I have done that myself. Wouldn’t it be more honoring to God to just stand up, be honest, and take the consequences of our behavior? Wouldn’t it be more honoring to God if we were to admit and acknowledge our complicity rather than looking for excuses and casting blame? We don’t want to look bad. But let’s be honest. The more we try to excuse sin, the worse we look. We don’t want to defame God’s name. But, the more we try to cover sin, the more we defame the name of the God we serve. We don’t want to live with the consequences. We’re not sure we can live with the consequences. Since when was following God about keeping us happy and comfortable? It is time we honestly accept the consequences of our own behavior.

Is Job’s integrity intact? It appears so. No witnesses came forward to verify that he had done any of the sins he listed. We, on the other hand, too often try to excuse our sin, water down the reality of our sin, or ignore it altogether, and expect to avoid the consequences. Maybe we need to add dishonesty to the top of our list of Top Ten Sins. As I read Job, these questions haunt me: Am I willing allow my life to be openly probed and evaluated like Job was inviting? Am I willing to face the consequences of my actions? What would happen if Christians stopped trying to maintain an appearance of righteousness and just owned up to our brokenness? How might the world see us differently? These are questions worth considering. It is time that we, as a people who claim to value honesty, start living honestly.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Zechariah 14:6 (ESV)
[6] On that day there shall be no light, cold, or frost. [7] And there shall be a unique day, which is known to the LORD, neither day nor night, but at evening time there shall be light.
[8] On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea. It shall continue in summer as in winter.
[9] And the LORD will be king over all the earth. On that day the LORD will be one and his name one.

“On that day…” The last few chapters of Zechariah keep using that phrase, “On that day…” They are chapters of hope. There will be a day when all things will be set right. There will be a day when the King will come. There will be a day when the nations, willingly or unwillingly, will bow before the king. There will be a day when God’s people and God’s city will be at peace and the world will know that he is God. “On that day…”

Christians are people of hope. We are people of faith. We do not live by sight, but by the promises of God’s word. We do not live for today, but for eternity. We do not live for ourselves, but for the King. We do not live for now, but for then, for “On that day…”

So why do we so often act as though now is all there is? Why do we act as though the world is out of control. Throughout the Old Testament, from Genesis 3 on through Malachi, there was the promise of a Messiah. They didn’t see him. He didn’t come. The world was spinning out of control. From man’s perspective it appeared that the Serpent was winning. But… But, then came Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Then came Jesus. Then came the fulfillment of all those Old Testament prophecies. On that day what had begun to look hopeless came to fulfillment. That is why we celebrate Christmas. Because the King was born. The promises were about to be fulfilled. The Serpent wasn’t winning after all. So we celebrate.

Today is the same. The Savior, Messiah, came, lived, died, and rose from the dead. He commissioned us to make disciples, and left us with the promise that he would come again. Today the world appears to be spinning out of control. The Serpent seems to be winning. But… God’s promises are never forgotten. He does not work in our time, but in his. Whether we see the fulfillment in our day, we will see it “On that day.” Because of that truth we live in hope, by faith. Because of that truth we get on with our mission. Because of that truth we celebrate even in the darkest of times. Because “On that day” we will see his kingdom come and his will done. Christmas is not about what happened 2000 years ago. It is about the hope of what is coming. Because he came, because he died, because he lives, we know he will one day come again. And then, what a celebration!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Job 30:5-10 (ESV)
They are driven out from human company;
they shout after them as after a thief.
In the gullies of the torrents they must dwell,
in holes of the earth and of the rocks.
Among the bushes they bray;
under the nettles they huddle together.
A senseless, a nameless brood,
they have been whipped out of the land.
And now I have become their song;
I am a byword to them.
They abhor me; they keep aloof from me;
they do not hesitate to spit at the sight of me.

Job’s suffering is made worse by the fact that even those whom people despise now despise him. It is one thing to suffer without understanding why. It is another thing to suffer and be despised by those around you. It is worse yet to suffer and be despised by those who are themselves despicable. How do you deal with that?

That raises an interesting question in my mind. How do you suppose Jesus felt while being judged, beaten, and nailed to the cross? I don’t know that I ever saw the parallels between Jesus and Job before, but here is a perfect man being despised and rejected by the most despicable of mankind. Job said, “They do not hesitate to spit at the sight of me.” In Matthew 26:67 and 27:30 the gospel recounts that the soldiers spit on Jesus and struck him. How did Jesus respond? While hanging on the cross he looked to heaven and cried out, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Lk 23:34).

The truth of the matter is that most people acting in sin, hypocrisy, and despicable behavior are blind to their own brokenness. Jesus didn’t say, “Father, forgive them for they really didn’t mean it.” He didn’t say, “Forgive them, for they are really pretty good people. They just got carried away.” He didn’t say, “Forgive them, for they thought they were doing the right thing.” He said, “They don’t know what they are doing.” Sin is connected to blindness. The soldiers knew exactly what they were doing. Job’s tormenters knew exactly what they were doing. Evil, dishonest, and hypocritical individuals usually know exactly what they are doing. And yet, they don’t. They are blind to truth. They are blind to their own hypocrisy. They are blind to the righteousness of those they torment. They see the world through a twisted lens that distorts truth, and turns right into wrong and wrong into right.

It is one thing to suffer for something we deserve. It is another thing entirely to suffer at the hands of the ungodly. The book In His Steps, by Charles Monroe Sheldon was based on the last part of 1 Peter 2:21, “…that you might follow in his steps.” Based on that passage, the main character in the book began to order his decisions around the question, “What would Jesus do?” It is a great question that prompted the WWJD phenomenon within Christian circles. The problem is, the question fails to take the first part of the verse into consideration. The whole verse reads, “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21 ESV). What would Jesus do? He would suffer unjustly for those who do not deserve it.  Are we willing to follow in those steps? That is where Job walked. That is where Jesus walked. That may be where he is calling you to walk as well. WWJD? “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Colossians 2:6-9 (ESV)
[6] Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, [7] rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. [8] See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. [9] For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.

We have an enemy that wants to hinder the work of God in any way that he can. He will distort truth, distract us from our purpose, divide us over things that seem important but really aren’t, and discourage and dissuade us through weariness, opposition, and even apparent failure. One of his primary strategies is the use of plausible arguments. Almost every one of the ways he uses to distract and distort has plausible reasoning behind it, yet it takes our attention away from our true calling. In fact, he will link it to our calling to make disciples, and then subtly get us so busy doing something “good” that we lose our passion for Christ and his call on our lives, yet we are convinced that we are serving Christ.

It is like a person in the wilderness who realizes that in order to eat he must first have fire to cook the food. He then gets so obsessed with starting a fire, keeping it going, and putting up enough wood so that he will always have a fire, that he forgets to actually cook. In this second chapter of Colossians there are at least four plausible arguments that are apparently distracting and distorting the Colossian believers’ faith. Gnosticism (2:8-10), legalism (2:11-17), mysticism (2:18-19), and asceticism (2:20-23) all sound reasonable when presented in combination with the right Bible verses, yet each of them draws us away from the truth of the gospel and centers our focus on us. We could add to the list almost infinitely: nationalism, socialism, traditionalism, emotionalism, stoicism, and on and on the list goes. Each with a semblance of rationality. Each ultimately distracts us from the gospel.

We always need to come back to the central truth of the gospel. That is what keeps us grounded. Following Christ is not a system to be worked, a religion to follow, or a passionate mission to accomplish and protect. It is about being in Christ and Christ in us. In him we have life. In Christ we are new creations. The flesh always seeks to earn favor with God and to conquer the passions of the flesh by works of the flesh. That just cannot work. As believers in Jesus Christ, we walk by faith because we are in Christ. And for that we super-abound in gratitude (Col 2:6-7).

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Zechariah 12:7-10 (ESV)
[7] “And the LORD will give salvation to the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not surpass that of Judah. [8] On that day the LORD will protect the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them on that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the angel of the LORD, going before them. [9] And on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
[10] “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.

On that day, “the feeblest among them . . . shall be like David.” That’s what we want to see. We want the blessing of God. We want to experience the glory. But there is another side of this. Not only will the people of God experience blessing and glory, they will mourn and “weep bitterly.” There is both a glory and a brokenness that comes when meeting God. When we only seek the glory we ultimately find neither. When the prophets encountered God, or even an angel, they often fell on their faces. John had rested against Jesus at the Last Supper like a son with a father, but when he encountered that same Jesus in Revelation, he “fell at his feet as though dead” (Rev 1:17).

As believers, we do not walk in fear, but in faith. Yet we must never lose the fear of the Lord. There is a brokenness that comes in encountering the Almighty. We recognize our own frailty. We acknowledge our own brokenness. We see our own sinfulness and depravity in a way that we had never seen it before. It is appropriate to think of Jesus embracing us when we enter Heaven, but I think we may fall on our faces first. Then, as with John, he will lay his hand on us and say, “Fear not” (Rev 1:17).

I recall a time in elementary school when we students had gotten to be close with our teacher. We were pals. One day on the way out the door to the playground I flicked my hat at him as he was telling us something. He pulled me aside and reminded my that he was the teacher and I was to respect that position. I had crossed the line from friendship to familiarity, from pals to being disrespectful.

I wonder in some of our worship if we don’t cross that line with God. We want to experience the glory, but we skip the mourning. We want the celebration, but skip the grieving. We lift ourselves up and dance into the presence of God without waiting for him to extend his scepter (see Esther 5:1-2). We rush forward for the hug, oblivious to the overwhelming greatness of the one we are approaching. John fell at his feet as though dead. The inhabitants of Jerusalem and Judah would mourn at his return even as he glorifies them. Can we really have the glory without the grief? I wonder. There is both a glory and a brokenness that comes when meeting God. We need to experience them both.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Job 29:11-16 (ESV)
When the ear heard, it called me blessed,
and when the eye saw, it approved,
because I delivered the poor who cried for help,
and the fatherless who had none to help him.
The blessing of him who was about to perish came upon me,
and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
I put on righteousness, and it clothed me;
my justice was like a robe and a turban.
I was eyes to the blind
and feet to the lame.
I was a father to the needy,
and I searched out the cause of him whom I did not know.

In chapter 29, Job reminisces about is life before pain. He was comfortable and respected. The young men stepped out of his way, and the old men stood out of respect for him. His home was clean, beautiful, and comfortable. Life was good. He then reflects on his righteousness. “I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban” (Job 29:14). What I find fascinating is how he describes his righteousness.

If someone were to ask you to describe your righteousness, how would you describe it? Odds are it would go something like this: “I waited until marriage to have sex. I never cheated on my spouse. I don’t drink or smoke, and have never gotten drunk. I don’t go to “R” rated movies, and read my Bible and pray almost every day.” I find it interesting that our list of righteous deeds is so different from Job’s. Yes, he will mention morality in chapter 31, “I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?” (Job 31:1). But in 31 chapters that is the only place that I recall sexual morality being mentioned. Job’s understanding of righteousness is so much broader than that, while we act as though that is righteousness.

Job’s perspective on righteousness centers primarily around helping the poor, the needy, and the less fortunate. “I was a father to the needy, and I searched out the cause of him whom I did not know” (Job 29:16). This reminds me of Paul’s words in Galatians 2:10. After explaining how he was in agreement with the Apostles on the gospel and call to ministry, he then comments, “Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.” Galatians is about the gospel. It is about the very foundation of our faith. It is about how the Christian life is entered into, and lived out. What does that have to do with remembering the poor? Yet that appears to be so important to both Paul and the other Apostles that they make mention of it along with the gospel.

Perhaps we need to rethink God’s perspective on holiness and righteousness. What if it is more important to God that I help the poor than whether I take a sip of alcohol? What if it is more important to God that I work to bring justice to those who have been mistreated than that I only watch the “right” movies and TV shows? What if my understanding of righteousness has been developed more by church culture than by the heart of God? I don’t have the answers, but this chapter raises these questions in my mind. They cause me to go before the Lord in humility, asking for discernment and the heart of God. They cause me to look at my world differently. They are questions worth pondering.

What if, after all my years in church and ministry, I still don’t get what God is really passionate about? Jesus said that the whole of the Law and Prophets (another way of saying the Old Testament) is summed up in these two commands: Love God. Love your neighbor (Mt 22:37-40). I’m not sure we have understood what he really meant by those words. Father teach us today.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Zechariah 13:1, 9 (ESV)
[1] “On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.

[9] And I will put this third into the fire,
and refine them as one refines silver,
and test them as gold is tested.
They will call upon my name,
and I will answer them.
I will say, ‘They are my people’;
and they will say, ‘The LORD is my God.’”

We celebrate verse 1 as it promises cleansing from sin and uncleanness. It is verse 9 we struggle with. Yes, we are washed clean by the blood of Christ and made perfectly acceptable. Still, it takes testing for that holiness to work its way out in practical ways in our lives. Nobody likes going through the fire. Nobody likes being refined. That process is sometimes painful, perhaps even occasionally disillusioning (think of Job). But, it is the process we need.

It is in the refiner’s fire that the internal work of God becomes evident to those around us. It is in the refiner’s fire that the Christ becomes visible through us. It is in the refiner’s fire that we begin to learn by experience that this world is not our home. It is in the refiner’s fire that eternal perspectives and priorities grow. The blood of Christ washes us clean. His refiner’s fire burns away the dross of our old life, allowing the indwelling Spirit to renew our minds by his Word, and transform our lives by his power.

 God loves us too much to leave us in the muck and mire of the world once he has given us new life. The process of refining is not a comfortable process, but it is his process. It is the answer to our prayer, “Lord, make me more like you.” Today, can we give thanks for the way in which he has used, and is using his refiner’s fire to let the world see Jesus in us?

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Job 27:6-8 (ESV)
I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go;
my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.
“Let my enemy be as the wicked,
and let him who rises up against me be as the unrighteous.
For what is the hope of the godless when God cuts him off,
when God takes away his life?”

Job 28:28 (ESV)
And he said to man,
“Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
and to turn away from evil is understanding.”

In Job 27-28 Job argues the value of maintaining his integrity based on two premises. The first is that the prosperity of the wicked will not last. Chapter 27 builds that part of the argument. “What is the hope of the godless when God cuts him off?” (Job 27:8). He had argued earlier that life was unjust because the virtuous experienced suffering and loss, while the wicked prospered. But that is the narrow perspective. Here Job zooms out for a broader perspective. Here he realizes that the wicked never prosper forever. Death is the end of their prosperity. No one grieves their loss. The wealth they left behind is lost. In the long run, the wicked never prosper. Their wealth, comfort, and ease is short-lived. Taking a big picture view of life from an eternal perspective changes everything. It reminds me of the old chorus by Alfred B. Smith.

With eternity's values in view, Lord.
With eternity's values in view;
May I do each day's work for Jesus
With eternity's values in view.

Job’s first premise is that an eternal perspective changes everything. The prosperity of the wicked will not last. His integrity will be rewarded in the end. His second premise is that wisdom is found only in fearing God, and that understanding leads to turning away from evil. He argues that man has contrived ways to explore parts of the earth that no other creature has explored or seen, yet we have not found wisdom. We have collected the wealth of precious stones, gold, coral, and pearls, yet none of it can purchase wisdom. No matter how much wealth we acquire, nor how deep we explore, the place where wisdom is hidden will never be found. Only God knows that place. Wisdom cannot be purchased nor discovered. It is found in fearing God.

Because an eternal perspective on life changes everything, and wisdom is found only in God, therefore no matter what injustices we experience, there is value in maintaining our integrity. The Grass Roots recorded a song entitled Live For Today back in 1967. The song contained some wisdom, but it’s conclusion was faulty. Here are some of the lyrics:

We were never meant to worry
The way that people do

That part of the song is true, but their conclusion is faulty.

We'll take the most from living
Have pleasure while we can

Sha la la la la la live for today

Their answer to the worries of life was to narrow their view even further. We should only live for today. That is a philosophy of life that is widely perpetuated today. I heard that sentiment repeated several times the evening I first wrote these words. The solution to the problems of life is to ignore them and live only for the moment without thinking about the consequences. That sounds right when only two options are presented, worry or live for the moment. But there is a third option; we can take a broader perspective. When we zoom out to an eternal perspective instead of zooming in to a live for the moment perspective we find two truths. First, there is no reason to worry. Life is only a small part of eternity. Second, there is no reason to abandon our integrity. Eternity is coming, and wisdom is found in God, not in the moment. With an eternal perspective we can make the most of every moment knowing that we will one day see the God of all wisdom and understanding.

So, here are our three choices: We can live with eternities values in view. We can live for the moment. We can live worrying about the future. I’ll take option one. How will you live?

Job 33:12-15 (ESV) Behold, in this you are not right. I will answer you, for God is greater than man. Why do you contend against him...