Day 176: To know who you are (Job 32-37)

Posted: September 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God’s wonders. Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash? Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who is perfect in knowledge? You who swelter in your clothes when the land lies hushed under the south wind,can you join him in spreading out the skies,hard as a mirror of cast bronze? “Tell us what we should say to him; we cannot draw up our case because of our darkness. Should he be told that I want to speak? Would any man ask to be swallowed up? Now no one can look at the sun, bright as it is in the skies after the wind has swept them clean. Out of the north he comes in golden splendor; God comes in awesome majesty. The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress. Therefore, men revere him, for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart? – Job 37:14-24

It has been a while now since I have updated the Odyssey. It has been a combination of things really, to many to list here, but I suppose they could all be considered excuses. So, rather than list the plethora of issues that kept me away from my Odyssey, I will simply say, let’s get back to it! You know, it’s funny how Satan tries to keep me away from God’s Word. Well, maybe “funny” is the wrong word, because it’s very serious. But looking back on the last two weeks since I have given an update, I can see how Satan has worked to keep me away, and I have to say, I was an easy target, so here’s to a renewed commitment to this Odyssey, and a steadfast spirit as I continue to navigate through God’s Word.

I am continuing in Job for the next couple days, than it’s off into Psalms (where I should be a few chapters deep by now, I have some catching up to do!) – but nevertheless, these last few chapters in Job are offering up some valuable lessons we can all glean from. Job’s young friend, Elihu, who is speaking in the passage above, is reminding his friend – unlike his trio of other friends, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar – that God is God, and Job is not, and it is wise to simply trust that tha all-powerful God of the universe, the all-powerful God that created everything, is in control. It’s a statement that must be accepted on faith alone, and Job knows, underneath all his grief and sorrow, that his young friend is correct.

All too often, we think we have all the right answers and we presume to speak on God’s behalf, whether it is backed up by Scripture or not. We put words in His mouth, take Him for granted and in Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar’s case, they assumed that God’s silence meant that God was either not there or felt no concern for Job at all because of his sin. But God makes it very clear that He indeed does care. Why would He create the world, and all living things in it if He didn’t care? Elihu was spewing a ton of spiritual truth toward Job – that faith in God is far more important than his desire for an explanation for his suffering. It’s interesting that God chooses this point in the discussion to break in directly. Tomorrow’s reading will take me through the rest of the book, in which God directly speaks to Job, comforts him and eventually, restores him. But for tonight, Elihu’s words hit Job in the face like a right hook.

Who are we to demand answers from God?  If God decides to give them to us, He will give them to us. Do we claim to be on the same level as God? Do we know how to make the clouds in the sky? Instead of demanding answers for what has happened in our lives, we need to hold fast to the faith that God is working everything out for His glory. It’s simply a matter of faith.It will make accepting our circumstances a whole lot easier once we recognize who we are, and where God stands in comparison.

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