(Today's post by Marc Cannon)
After all the agony, pain, depression, self-pity, after all the questions Job has…God Speaks. And God didn’t show up in a small way. He showed up how God shows up, in a Mighty Storm* with plenty of questions of his own. As a matter of fact, 52 questions he asked Job. I’m not the smartest man on the planet, but I can be sure that Job wasn’t thinking this is how this would go down when he finally got his face time with the Lord.
This is usually how it goes for us as well, right? Most of the time the Lord responds with a question, rather than a direct answer. And He didn’t just do it from a cloud or a burning bush, Jesus responded the same way to the same questions we often have.
I love science; specifically anything that has to do with weather. I love to learn about it as well. It’s fascinating, yet baffling to me. The vastness of creation, as well as the complexity of how all matter works in harmony is so overwhelming it’s beyond mind-boggling. I know our understanding of how God’s creation works, stretches a little further than Job’s. But even with the knowledge we have today, about how the Lord spun this universe into being, we can’t even paint a single brushstroke of His truth on a canvas of understanding. When the Lord confronted Job he asked him 52 questions about creation. Questions that only the Almighty can answer…He might as well ask me those same 52 questions as well on a daily basis.
- 38:4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation”?
- 38:5 “Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know”
- 38:12 “Have you ever given orders to the morning or shown dawn it’s place”?
- 38:35 “Do you send lightning bolts on their way? Do they report to you? ‘Here we are.' “
(After reading verse 12 I was far beyond being in awe of the Lord)
“Uhhhhh”…..Silence. That’s pretty much the response that Job gives and pretty much where I stand most of the time when the Lord turns my eyes to him. In fact, that’s exactly what Job does. He says, “Lord I’m unworthy, to even reply to you, I will cover my mouth. I spoke once and that was enough”.
When we question the Lord, we’re really questioning out of ignorance. We haven’t the slightest clue as to what, where, when, why or how the Lord is working even the smallest detail of our lives. He’s telling Job here “Job, if you don’t understand creation…how can you question My morality?” …. Whoa! Where is our right to question the creator of this universe when things don’t go our way? This is hard, very hard for all of us and this is where our faith truly hits the bricks. This is also where we’re confronted with a point of selfishness we often do not think about.
When things go bad, are you worried more about how you’ll be impacted or God’s will? Man, that’s a hard piece’a fat to chew on right there.
*Doesn’t God speak loudest when we face storms in our lives? Speaking to Job in a storm is no coincidence.
My prayer today is the Lord gives each of us reading this blog, a glimpse of the wonder of His creation, for perspective on how small we really are and how BIG HE really is.
Side note question: Where has the Lord stopped you in your tracks by His creation?