“My heart pounds as I think of this …” Job 37:1a, NLT
Today’s scriptures point to a magnificent God. An organized, creative, intentional designer.
“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?” Job 38:4a, NLT
A look back on a full year. I could tell about the losses and heartaches. But I’d rather remember my God and all that He did. There were a lot of things beyond my control, but not out of my God’s hands–and where I saw dead ends and loss, he brought out goodness, newness, hope.
When God speaks in Job, I remember my smallness. It humbles me. And all the things that seemed so big, they become small too in light of the Lord. He is able.
“Have you ever commanded the morning to appear
and caused the dawn to rise in the east? Job 38:12, NLT
A definite perk to an early start is an expectant seat to a morning sunrise. He does that. Not me. Some mornings the first rays are so majestic; they are a visual orchestra proclaiming the glory of God. Or, like today, a soft whisper of rain, a gentle patter against the slate.
34 “Can you shout to the clouds
and make it rain? Job 38:34, NLT
I rest in his ability.
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
2 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me. Psalm 103:1-2, NLT
With my whole heart, Lord, I praise you. May I never forget the good things you do for me.
3 He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
4 He redeems me from death
and crowns me with love and tender mercies. Psalm 103:3-4, NLT
And if the heavens’ song didn’t show his might, a universe and eternity held in his hands–would this? That he cared enough for me–this body, this heart, this soul–to forgive all my sins. To redeem me from death. To crown me.
With tender mercies.
This humbles me. When even life’s challenges seem bigger than me, he sees me. He knows my name.
Father God, greater riches await, and not because of who I am, but because of who you are. I am grateful for all that you do and all that you are. Thank you for meeting me where I am with love and tenderness, to set me straight and draw me close.