Daily Bible Reading – Job 37,38; 1 Corinthians 12
Today’s Key Passage – Job 38:1-18
In much of the Book of Job, Job discussed what had happened to him with his friends. Job spent most of his time wondering why he was made to suffer. Job’s friends spent most of their time putting words in God’s mouth, and most of those words were wrong. In chapter 38, God finally spoke to Job. Instead of simply answering Job’s questions, God decided to ask Job a series of questions of his own. Job (or any other human) could not possibly answer the questions God asked, and that was the point. God was making the point to Job and his friends that He was completely sovereign and all-powerful. God created the heavens and the earth without any help from anyone. The earth and everything in it belongs to God. Job could not understand all of the inner workings of God’s creation, because he was not there when God created the world. If Job was unable to understand the creation itself, how could Job possibly understand God’s motives or what He was thinking?
We are all tempted to question God. There are many times when we simply cannot understand why things are happening as they are. In these times, we as humans tend to do one of two things. Either we question God by asking Him why He is allowing this to happen, or we put words in God’s mouth by trying to explain His motives. Sometimes, we try to do both. God, however, does not need our help. God does not need or want us to try to run the world. God’s moral purposes are so complex that they are beyond human understanding. How can we question God when we cannot understand things like His creation or the forces of nature?
The next time you feel tempted to question God or to try to explain His actions, remember this passage. Remember that we were not there for creation. Remember that we cannot explain the intricacies of this world. Remember that we cannot explain how the wind blows or how storms move. Most importantly, remember to trust God. He has a plan. He is in control. He loves you and will always do what is best for you. When we submit to God’s authority in our lives, we can rest in the knowledge that He will care for us completely.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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