Sunday, March 22, 2015

Job 39: God In The Wild

There is nothing greater than God in all of Creation.  He towers above everything else.  One by one, the Lord spotlights specimens of the wild kingdom of animals He has created on earth.  All of them exist and live according to principles beyond human understanding or wisdom.  Yet there stands an intelligent design behind all of the world's wildness - God's.

The mountain goat...the wild donkey...the wild ox...the ostrich...the horse...the hawk...the eagle.  God asks Job if he was involved in their creation, understands their instincts, or can control their wildness.  The answer, of course, is no.  Only God can claim credit for that.

When we think we have everything figured out, it may be a good idea to re-read this section of Job to gain a new understanding: that there are many things we DO NOT understand!  If spiritual pride is one of the worst evils, then exercising our humility before God will always be a proper spiritual discipline.

I have a sign in my office which reads, "All that I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all that I have not seen."  I believe that is what God is asking of Job here.  "I have done all of these wonders you can see, things far too amazing for you to comprehend.  You can trust Me for all that you have not seen as well."  Where Job has suffered without understanding why, the only response is a childlike trust in the Lord.

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