Assigned Reading: Job 38-39; Psalms 33-35
Chapter 33 – God speaks and does what is true, and we can trust Him. In this psalm, we are reminded who God is. God is mighty and observing His creation. In Him, we find our hope and help. Even in a world of trouble, we are not without hope or help. God even promises to be our shield. God offers us everything we have been seeking. And, He pours out His unfailing love on us too.
How could we not submit to God – when we know He is a God like this?
Chapter 34 – We can praise the Lord at all times. God hears our prayers, and answers them. He saves us from our troubles. He may not answer our prayers the way we expect, but He is awesome, trustworthy, and our Protector. Let’s praise God, submitting to His Will, and remember His good deeds.
Chapter 35 – David specifically prays for his enemies to be put to shame. He knows there is none like God. God can take up our circumstances, and will provide. He isn’t afraid to say that his prayer hadn’t been answered, and he is anxiously waiting wondering “how long, Lord?” Even so, he resolves to praise God. While some of our prayers don’t seem to be answered, let’s keep praising Him and drawing near to Him.
In chapter 38-39, we are met with the beginning of God’s long-awaited response to Job. All of this waiting, and now we are here to see what God says.
In short, God is holy and full of wisdom. As humans, we need to remember exactly who God is.
The biggest truth to stand out is – Job wasn’t God’s equal. The sooner we recognize God’s holiness and submit to Him, the better our relationship with God (through our Savior Jesus) will be. It requires knowledge of God’s character and submission to Him. We won’t have much of a relationship without those two key ingredients.
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 (Job 38:2-3).
Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand ( vv. 4).
Surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years! (vv. 21)
Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom and spread its wings toward the south? Does the eagle soar at your command and build its nest on high? (Job 39:26-27)
God, who is all together holy and worthy of our attention, respect, and worship, willfully answers Job. As I sit, read, and reflect, I am reminded that God doesn’t have to answer us. God doesn’t have to do anything. God chose: to create us, to make us relational beings who crave God, giving us free will, again choosing to send His Son Jesus Christ to call us His people – restoring our relationship with Himself. We are dearly loved, but we can’t forget about the holiness of God. This is how we become proud and arrogant, thinking we are God or His equal – asking for trouble.