God Speaks to Job in the Whirlwind
September 14, 2017
Read: Job 38
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Scripture- Job 38:36-38- Who gives intuition to the heart and instinct to the mind? Who is wise enough to count all the clouds? Who can tilt the water jars of heaven when the parched ground is dry and the soil has hardened into clods?
Observations- Job has laid out a series of questions before God in the midst of his unbearable suffering. He cries out to understand the nature of this God he has loved and served so long and so well, and now God responds to him, not with answers, but with a series of questions for reflection. These questions serve to remind Job that God is God, and he is a human being. This God, the Creator of the universe, is also Job's Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, Who reaches back to him and responds with a personal connection. Job doesn't get the answers he wants, but God engages him.
Application- In the midst of our suffering and pain we may well not get the "answers" we are seeking. It's natural for us human being to wonder "Why?" almost anything happens. This impulse is a part of how we are made in God's image, but it doesn't mean we will always get the answers we want on our time schedule. What we do get is the promise of a relationship with the living God, not to snatch us out of the storms of life, but to see us through those storms. God is with us and that makes all the difference.
Prayer- Thank You for Your abiding presence when the storms of my life lead me to wonder where You are and what you are up to, O Lord. Your Word is inexhaustible, and it's impossible for me to fully know You and understand Your ways in a single lifetime. Draw me closer to You through every storm as I seek to keep my eyes on Jesus, my strength, my rock, and my redeemer. Amen.
"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." (2 Corinthians 4:18),