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A Week in the Book of Job: Part Four

“Why are you using your ignorance to deny my providence? Now get ready to fight, for I am going to demand some answers from you, and you must reply.

“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. Do you know how its dimensions were determined, and who did the surveying? What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone as the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?

“Who decreed the boundaries of the seas when they gushed from the depths? Who clothed them with clouds and thick darkness and barred them by limiting their shores, and said, ‘Thus far and no farther shall you come, and here shall your proud waves stop’?

“Have you ever once commanded the morning to appear and caused the dawn to rise in the east? Have you ever told the daylight to spread to the ends of the earth, to end the night’s wickedness? Have you ever robed the dawn in red, and disturbed the haunts of wicked men, and stopped the arm raised to strike?

“Have you explored the springs from which the seas come, or walked in the sources of their depths? Has the location of the gates of death been revealed to you? Do you realize the extent of the earth? Tell me about it if you know!”

Job 38:2-18 Living Bible (TLB)

To live in a world where God speaks out clearly for everyone to hear is something we can look forward to when this world is finished. Because Jesus Christ, who is fully God, came to us as fully man, He lived as a man while He walked the earth, even as He gave us evidence of His divinity. That meant some would believe and some would not believe who He is. Even as they killed Him, they watched and waited to see if He would display His power and defy death on that cross. But that was not the plan. He came here to die. He came here to die for us. Then He got up and went to work on keeping us alive with God forever, which is what God intended from the start. We may not understand it, but we also cannot claim to understand and know any of God's ways. They are higher and above our ability to realize.

God must have had enough of folks speaking for Him because He shut everybody up and spoke for Himself. He spoke to Job and his friends. And He speaks to us as well. He speaks each morning when we wake up and see a rising sun. He speaks when we see the ocean stop at the shore and also when it flows past its boundaries and destroys that very same land. He speaks when we trust Him to carry us because we are too weak to keep going but we do. He speaks through Jesus Christ, just as His Son sits at His right-hand speaking to Him interceding for those who are following Him to God's Kingdom.

Don't get it twisted. We didn't make this world and we don't make the rules. We are born and we die. Still, the God of Creation loves us and all He asks is that we love Him back and let Him run His world. He gives life and He sustains life. He is the Giver of everything good and bad, but He promises to use the bad He allows for our good and His glory when we trust in His powerful love. Job did, even as he tried to figure out why he had to go through all the things he went through, and God restored to him everything he lost and more. "God is faithful" is more than just a nice sounding verse. God IS faithful and He will do everything He said He would do for His children. We just have to trust, believe and obey Him for the assurance we desire to have in Him. He is the only One who will not let us down.

After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the Lord had brought on him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring.

The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part.

Job 42:10-12 NIV

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