Job 37,38; 1 Corinthians 12
"Do you send the lightning bolts on their way? Do they report to you, 'Here we are'? Who endowed the heart with wisdom or gave understanding to the mind? Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together?" (Job 38:35-38)
"Do lightning bolts report to you?" I love the language that God uses, as He joins Job and his friends in conversation. We are reminded of God's vast omnipotence, measuring movement in units of the speed of light rather than in miles per hour. He holds Orion to its laser-light show and He can count clouds when we can hardly count days. Like supervising minimum wage employees, He tells seasons when to punch in and when to end their shift. We can't even tell if it's going to rain next week, no matter what the weatherman told us on our app.
But sandwiched in between God's stellar magnificence is hope for mankind ... hope for me! He reminds me that even in the midst of overseeing the universe, He can also "endow my heart with wisdom and give understanding to my mind." Shadowed by two other giant statements about God's power is one seemingly obscure statement that God cares for me and will even help me to comprehend His splendor.
God is not too busy for me. He knows my frame and He understands my needs. He cares whether or not I understand Him and He wants to know if I have enough wisdom for the challenges I will be facing today. The bottom line is that the God of this expansive universe is concerned about me! He is not a God who is too busy or too important for assuring that I have everything I need for the day. Like a multi-billion-dollar CEO dad making sure that his grade-school daughter has her coat on, and that she has enough lunch money before she leaves the house ... so too, God is never too busy for one of His children. Each time you look at the evening stars, remember .. not only that He is all-powerful, but also that He cares for you!
Dear Father, thank You for Your love that is exhibited each day and that I can be reminded of each evening. Your concert of light will always help me to recall that You are near and that You care about my wisdom and understanding.
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Job is telling it like it is. No denial. No sidestepping. No beating around the bush. He feels stripped of his earthly rights and his heart struggles with the possibility of bitterness leaking into his heart. He feels abandoned by his friends and even his wife.
I have noticed that in denominational meetings, where people are cordial to one another and even give signs of affection, but underneath, they are planning to do whatever it takes to play the system (even if it means betraying a friendship) in order to establish their religious pecking-orders.