Monday, March 21, 2005

Out shouting the thunder: Job 36-37

Finally, Elihu reminds Job of the awesome power of God as revealed in His creation. God's power is evident all around us, if we just take the time to notice. Paul spoke of the evidence of God's greatness when he said, "since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made" (Romans 1:20) When we stop to consider God's creation, we begin to understand how much greater God is than ourselves. Who has ever held back a storm? Who has caused the winds to change direction? Who has ever commanded the path of lightning? These things are so far beyond us, yet God directs all these things for His own purpose and pleasure, "Whether for correction, or for His world, or for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen." (Job 37:13)

God is might and wonderful. He created this world and He still commands its ways. God's power is unmatched. To think that we might compare ourselves with God is as foolish as trying to out shout the thunder. The power of thunder is so much greater then us, and God is even still greater than the thunder. Elihu's counsel to Job is:
"Remember that you should exalt His work, of which men have sung. All men have seen it; man beholds from afar." (Job 36:24-25)
When we begin to get a little full of ourselves, all we need to do is to stop and consider the world around us. Not only will it remind us that, there is a God and its not us, but it will also remind us of how great God is. In our times of trouble, its good to know that we server an awesome God. A God that is bigger than our troubles. A God that is big enough to help us through our difficult times.
"The Almighty -- we cannot find Him; He is exalted in power and He will not do violence to justice and abundant righteousness. Therefore men fear Him." (Job 37:23-24)
David Robison

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