I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. — Martha Washington

Job never even knew they were talking about him. As he did his best to make sense of what was happening on the stage of his life, he had no idea that a conversation, backstage, had propelled his life into the painful drama that had become his daily existence.

One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them.

Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” (Job 1:6, 8-12)

You probably know what happened next. Job’s life was thrown into a blender set on “Devastate.” As far as we know, Job never figured out that his struggle was part of the interplay between the stage of life and what was going on backstage, behind the scenes.

Job’s story ends well. But it took a while—just like it took a long time for Daniel’s story to make sense to him. Should we expect anything different?

Dear God, As I walk through my own exile today, please open my heart and my mind to the reality of what is going on behind the scenes. Comfort me with the truth that there is more to this life than meets the eye, and that You are the One who, in your infinite wisdom and power, is in control of it all. Give me faith. And give me the peace that surpasses all comprehension. Amen.

Taken from Pete’s series Living in Exile: God Working Behind the Scenes.