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God is God and We are Not!

Job 38:4

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.”

Photo on 9-10-18 at 11.09 AMIn much of life we operate as if we have a handle on things. We go along – as long as we have our health and our mind – as if we are in control and that nothing can take us down. I have had experiences in my life when I realize how quickly we can be knocked down from that healthy perch when a simple cold or an event in our life where things change. We don’t feel like moving when we are sick – let alone get out of bed and function. We are such fragile beings for sure.  We pray – often – for those in life changing events. We remember – a year ago – how the mass shooting in Vegas changed the lives of so many so suddenly #VegasStrong. It can happen in different ways in our lives.

When we are well – we can get pretty full of ourselves – thinking nothing can get to us – we are invincible. New drivers often think of themselves as invincible – driving faster than they should – thinking nothing will happen to them – since they are in such control.

When we discuss and debate God and God’s attributes and other such things about God (theology) – I believe we can get full of ourselves as well. We can tend to believe that we know God and we know all about God – when in fact – our knowledge of God is very small at best. God desires to reveal Himself to us – but we look intently in the wrong direction at times.  We need to remember that God is God and we are not!

I often write about what my meager mind understands about God. I often have the idea that what I believe is true. When I think this way – I often think of today’s passage. Here it is in partial context – the entire 38th chapter of Job.  Job 38:1-41 – Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? 3 Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. 4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone— 7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? “Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, 10 when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, 11 when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’? 12 “Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place, 13 that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it? 14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment. 15 The wicked are denied their light, and their upraised arm is broken. 16 “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep? 17 Have the gates of death been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness? 18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth? Tell me, if you know all this. 19 “What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside? 20 Can you take them to their places? Do you know the paths to their dwellings? 21 Surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years! 22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail, 23 which I reserve for times of trouble, for days of war and battle? 24 What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth? 25 Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, 26 to water a land where no one lives, an uninhabited desert, 27 to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass? 28 Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew? 29 From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens 30 when the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen? 31 “Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades? Can you loosen Orion’s belt? 32 Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs? 33 Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth? 34 “Can you raise your voice to the clouds and cover yourself with a flood of water? 35 Do you send the lightning bolts on their way? Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’? 36 Who gives the ibis wisdom or gives the rooster understanding?  37 Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens 38 when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together? 39 “Do you hunt the prey for the lioness and satisfy the hunger of the lions 40 when they crouch in their dens or lie in wait in a thicket? 41 Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?

The next time we feel like we have all of the answers – about God – please take the time to read this chapter again and realize that we don’t even have all of the questions about God – so how can we know all the answers? God is God and we are not. God is so vast that we can only hope to understand a small part of God as we seek His face and desire His grace.

Some day – face-to-face – we will see God. 1 Corinthians 13:12 – For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. Right now – we are merely seeking after God!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.


October 2, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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