At the beginning of June, one of my goals was to read through the book of Job in my devotions. I have read Job a hundred times because I love it! I know, I know, weird book to read over and over again. I like it 1.) because It is written like an epic poem, and 2.) because of what the book says about God's power. I love epic Greek and Roman poetry- The Iliad, The Odyssey, etc.- thus I am draw to the book's poetic nature. I also love anything that shows how amazing my God is.
My favorite part of the book begins in chapter 38. You can read the chapter here if you would like. The title of the chapter is "The Lord Answers Jobs". After he and his friends sit and hold a" come to Jesus meeting", as my principal likes to refer to it, God decides he has heard enough. The chapter begins:
"Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Dress for action like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me. “'Where were you..."
The first thing that I love is that God answers out of a whirlwind! He wants these men who have been questioning his power to know that he is all powerful! So many times I am guilty of speaking "without knowledge". I make statements or act like I know something when I don't. I may be in a discussion with D about God and make statements about God's character when I can hear God thinking "what do you really know about me?" Job and his friends were knowledgeable about God, but they didn't understand how powerful he really is.
Secondly, the statement "Where were you" begins a few chapters of God showing his might, creativity, and power. It is one of the few times that God brags about what he has created on Earth and I love it! I love being reminded of the millions of things God does everyday that I take for granted.
Some of my favorite lines from this section are:
“Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain
and a way for the thunderbolt,
to bring rain on a land where no man is,
on the desert in which there is no man,
to satisfy the waste and desolate land,
and to make the ground sprout with grass?" (Job 38:25-27)
Here he reminds us that he cares about every creature on earth. If he waters the grass when no man is around, how much more will he do for me?
“Do you give the horse his might?
Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
Do you make him leap like the locust?... He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;
he does not turn back from the sword.
Upon him rattle the quiver,
the flashing spear, and the javelin." (Job 39: 19-23)
What an accurate depiction of a horse. God made them exactly the way they are on purpose. There is no "accident" in that statement.
Here is my absolute favorite:
“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow
or seen the storehouses of the hail,
which I reserve for times of trouble,
for days of war and battle?" (Job 38: 22-24)
Twice in history tyrants have had their campaigns brought to a halt because of abnormal amounts of snow that decimated their war efforts. Both Napoleon and Hitler were hindered by snow storms as they tried to march on Russia. I know this seems like a reach, but I can't help but think that God knew as far back as Job the plans that he had to keep us safe. Those snow storms put an early end to military campaigns that would have claimed the lives of thousands.
Throughout the rest of the book, Job tries to defend himself until finally he admits:
“I am unworthy—how can I reply to you?
I put my hand over my mouth.
I spoke once, but I have no answer--
twice, but I will say no more.” (Job 40: 4-5)
I feel like this so often. I put my foot in my mouth trying to talk about or to God. I know up against the awe and power of my God I have no reply. I don't have to defend him or convince others that he is powerful. He does that every day when he:
"give[s] orders to the morning,
or show[s] the dawn its place." (Job 38:12)
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