Today I read Job 38, which is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. We think that we know so much, that we can reason out our own problems to find solutions. Here is how God answers our thoughts:
Who is this that darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
Now gird up your loins like a man,
And I will ask you, and you instruct Me
Look at the things God has done:
He “laid the foundation of the earth.” People still can’t get the story right. The story of evolution has changed by millions of years from when I was a child to now. I am not that old.
He holds the sea in place so that it doesn’t flood the world. You and I can’t even hold water in our hands.
He makes the dawn to come and to follow its course day after day. We have a hard time keeping promises and being consistent on a daily basis.
He has seen “the recesses of the deep.” Man has been pretty far down in the sea, but God has seen it all.
He has “storehouses of hail . . . reserved . . . for the day of war and battle.” Countries spend huge amounts of money making war equipment. God uses hail, which is very destructive.
He cares about everybody and everything. He even sends rain on the desert when no one is even living. People have a tendency to only help those who might be a help to them in return or to help in a way that the action will be noticed by others.
Before I read Job 38 today, I had also read Genesis 40. That chapter records Joseph interpreting the dreams of the cupbearer and the baker. Joseph asked the cupbearer to mention to Pharaoh that Joesph did not deserve to be in prison. The cupbearer forgot to tell Pharaoh. It was two years before he remembered to tell Pharaoh. What got my attention this time was that it was not the right time for Pharaoh to hear about Joseph.
God is in control of the timing of events. We tend to get anxious or frustrated when things don’t happen when we think they should. It is better if we wait to see the unfolding of God’s plan and be faithful to do what we know we ought to be doing. God, who has the power to hold the sea in place, knows the best plan for each of us.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.