From the beginning of the book of Job, we know that Job lost his children, his livestock, and his property. Then he was subject to more trials with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head (Job 2:7). Job’s friends said that he was being judged for some sin he committed so Job wanted a chance to defend himself because he believed he was a righteous man and didn’t deserve to be judged.
The first speech of God to Job has the effect of humbling Job. Then more questions are asked and the more questions that are asked, the more Job realizes that God is in total control and that Job feels challenged by his abilities. In Job 40, even more questions are asked by God to Job about nature. This time, about the ability to control storms and the ability to command thunder and lightning (v. 9). Then questions about trapping the Behemoth which is the most powerful and fearless beast of the creation (v. 19).
The take away for me is that the complexities of our planet indicate a deliberate and powerful Designer who not only created our planet, but sustains it today. We have the opportunity to plug into that same power from the Designer of it all but in order to plug in, we need mercy and the desire to follow the plan.
This day with You Lord, we need mercy. We need help and the desire to follow Your plan. Help us to be bold, to step ahead, and seek the best Way going forward. We have pressing challenges, but You can respond to the tough issues because You are the miracle worker, the promise keeper, the Light in darkness, and the Way Maker. Amen.