“Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?”Job 38:2-5, NIV
The story of Job is filled with unimaginable pain. So much loss created a grief in Job that I pray I never know. How natural for Job to cry out to God, and wonder what’s happening. We have the benefit of knowing the whole story and we know Job never turned against God in his grief.
Jobs friends on the other hand, loved giving their opinion and “direction”. If they had just continued to sit with Job and not attempted to speak for God or explain the why of his grief, how much better would that have been for Job? Instead they became uncomfortable with his Grief and tried to rush him out of it by saying he sinned against God.
So many voices speaking into Jobs life and circumstances. Then in chapter 38 we hear from God. I love His reminder of Who He is..
I want no other God than what is described in Job 38 and following. That God is beyond my understanding. I want a big God like that. A god I can understand completely is too small. A small god cannot change the pain and hurt of the world. A small god cannot handle my hurt and fear. A small god has a pride that keeps a distance. A small god does not sacrifice himself.
Dear God, thank you for being a big God. Thank you for being beyond our understanding. Thank you for knowing all and providing wisdom so we can follow you. May the reminder of how big and awesome you are, bring peace and trust in our souls. Amen.