Saturday, 12 September 2020 Job 39:1-30
“Does the hawk fly by your wisdom, and spread its wings toward the south?” -Job 39:26
The 39th chapter of Job starts with a startling question, “Do you know…?” God speaks to Job from chapters 38-41 and almost sweeps him off his feet with one question after another for which He demands an answer. But Job is left speechless with the barrage of questions for which he had no answers!
The infinite wisdom of the Infinite God is what one can pick by bits and pieces as he “tries” to unravel the mysteries behind all that God is and God does in the chapters of Job 38-41. And the fact is he can’t! But it would well be in place to observe and think on the work of God’s creation, to wonder at the imprints of His person and being revealed in His creatures, even man himself!! If we would only stop to pause and think of how awesome our God is, we would only have reverence and awe and adoration for all Who He is!!!
The description of the animal kingdom- their varied nature and way of life is remarkable- whether wild or tamed; they that live on the land, sea or air; their behavior that so characterizes them- their weakness or strength as God ordained them to have— would a human ever be able to guide the great hawk to fly or the eagle to soar? It’s just amazing and beyond our understanding!—all creatures great and small- God made them all!!
At the end of the great discourse that Job had with God, he said thus: “Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. Listen, please, and let me speak; You said, ‘I will question you, and you shall answer Me.’ “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:3-6).
No other response would be more appropriate than that given by Job himself- (put in my words) “I admit, there are things too wonderful for me to understand; there are things that I do not know; I’d rather not question God’s omnipotence but submit to Him in reverential fear!”
In a world of “information overload” and where man thinks he’s got it all at the tip of his fingers and boasts about the advanced technology and discoveries that he makes from time to time, it is very difficult to acknowledge an All-Knowing God and admit we do not know everything! But it would go well with us if we would only pause and think of all those things described in this chapter and admit there is a God to whom we must submit our lives and into whose care we must give ourselves- because we do not know it all. But He knows the end from the beginning: Let’s see how God speak to us from Revelation 1:8: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Let the knowledge of the Creator make us want to know Him more with our inner eyes as Job has seen Him. And may we understand that there is only one way God has set mankind to know Him- that is through His Son Jesus Christ He is the Way, the Truth and the Life! (John 14:6). Would you acknowledge HIM today?
Think on it: “What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster!” -Jeremy Taylor
Listen: ‘All things bright and beautiful’