Once we humble ourselves and come to a realization of how little we know, of how small we are, of how lacking and needy of truth... then, like Job, there is hope that we can turn to God and realize He can do anything.
Let us see God for who He really is!
Why do we let the temporary trappings of this world distract us and cause us doubt and worry, for no plan of His can ever be thwarted. He is unchanging. He is never ending. He is magnificent and mighty.
Our God is the great I AM, who was and is and is to come.
No government can change that.
No person can alter that.
No march, nor riot, nor terrorist group can threaten that.
Let us remember who to put our faith in. It's not a person, it's our God. And He has a purpose and a plan that is greater than what any man He created can do. Let us keep our faith where it belongs. Let us set our minds on higher things.
Ours is an unstoppable God.
Enough foolish talk of men. It's time to be quiet and listen.
God now speaks to Job; challenging him, humbling him, questioning him. Concepts of creation, nature, and systems of the universe all too grand for us to understand. Who are we to place limits on the creator God, confining His reasoning to the finite question of man... "Why?"
After all, He is the Sovereign, the Almighty, the Eternal.
He rules, He reigns, He decides, He answers to no one.
And fortunately, He graciously loves us abundantly so that we can remain in His presence... forgiven, understood and redeemed.
It's ok actually, to ask the Why's. But realize that God adequately explaining to us His reasoning would be just as a parent explaining to a toddler why she can't touch the stove. The child just wouldn't comprehend it all.
Let us learn to trust our Eternal Architect as He builds into our lives stable footholds of faith. He has a plan, He has a purpose. There is a blueprint in His hands. But every time we stop to fuss and complain, to whimper and ask why, it just delays the next step in becoming more complete... more like Him.
Such sad words we read from Job. He longs for days gone by. He wastes away in his lonely darkness, feeling as if God has left him. As if God once watched over him, guided him, and lit his way. And now with pain and sorrow, he feels as though God has somehow left him.
But the truth is, God does not leave. He is constant. God, in fact is the only thing in this world that cannot, and will not change. And His light cannot, and will not be overcome by the worst darkness we can imagine.
If we are in the middle of a dark time, we must turn and keep turning until we find Him. For if we cannot see the light, it simply means we are not looking in the right direction. Shadows fall behind objects in the light. You've stood outside in the sun, you know this!
Let us not stand facing the shadows. Rather, turn toward the light... feeling the warmth of His love upon our face, knowing the problem is now behind us. It IS a matter of perspective, of choice, of trusting in the One who holds light and life.
Leave the days of, "If only..."
Begin again, fresh and bright today. His mercies and compassions are new for each of us. His faithful love never fails!
But where can wisdom be found,
and where is understanding located?
No man can know its value,
since it cannot be found in the land of the living.
The ocean depths say, “It’s not in me,”
while the sea declares, “I don’t have it.”
Gold cannot be exchanged for it,
and silver cannot be weighed out for its price.
Job 28:12-15 HCSB
And here we walk the earth thinking we know so much, even as elders to our youth, looking upon them, shaking our heads wondering when they will learn.
But how much more we do not know!
For no man can know the value of wisdom... not compared to our Lord. He knows it's very location. He realizes the end from the beginning. Who are we to pridefully question...
"If God __________ ?" and fill in any blank?
When God fixed the weight of the wind
and limited the water by measure,
when He established a limit for the rain
and a path for the lightning,
He considered wisdom and evaluated it;
He established it and examined it.
He said to mankind,
“The fear of the Lord is this: wisdom.
And to turn from evil is understanding.”
Let us stop in the middle our hectic pace to look heavenward, let us consider the truly amazing things God has done. We so take for granted that the sky simply remains suspended on nothing... because God told it to.
And on a cloudy day, we might complain that our need for sunshine is blocked, but do we consider that water is suspended within... that they may be heavy, yet do not burst nor come plummeting to earth from their weight.
If God can uphold and suspend the skies on nothing, can He not also sustain and uphold us when we need the help to stand? How much more He loves us... purposed, planned, called and redeemed.
Let us thank Him for all He upholds and know that He is worthy to lean upon daily.
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