Friday, July 14

Who He Is

There is a passage of Scripture that has been resonating in my thoughts and spirit for many months. I think it has found a place in my attention because, through hearing God's own words, it reveals His character and my place in this world.

If you ever find yourself losing perspective, thinking it is all about you, read the last few chapters of Job.
Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell, if you know so much. Do you know how its dimensions were determined and who did the surveying?

Who defined the boundaries of the sea as it burst from the womb, and as I clothed it with clouds and thick darkness? For I locked it behind barred gates, limiting its shores. I said, 'Thus far and no farther will you come. Here your proud waves must stop!"

Have you ever commanded the morning to appear and caused the dawn to rise in the east?

Where does the light come from, and where does the darkness go? Can you take it to its home? Do you know how to get there? But of course you know all this! For you were born before it was all created, and you are so very experienced!

Can you hold back the movements of the stars? Are you able to restrain the Pleiades or Orion? Do you know the laws of the universe and how God rules the earth?

Can you stalk prey for a lioness and satisfy the young lions' appetites?

Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Have you watched as the wild deer are born? Do you know how many months they carry their young?

Have you given the horse its strength or clothed its neck with a flowing mane? Fiercely it paws the ground and rushes forward into battle when the trumpet blows. It senses the battle even at a distance.

Are you as strong as God, and can you thunder with a voice like his? All right then, put on your robes of state, your majesty and splendor. Then even I would praise you, for your own strength would save you.
[taken from Job chapters 38 - 42, NLT]


Amanda Peterson said...

Hmmm, good reminder!

Adam Wolfgang said...

I love Job, such pain and misery, and yet I can see God's grace and mercy.

Steve Maxwell said...

Thank K-White! Can never be too reminded of God's love and our need for it.