When Job struggled with God’s permitting unexplainable tragedy to take place, in his life and with his family, God granted time for his wonderings… and reasonings… and questionings.
Job’s friends, too, were allowed to speak their minds, drawing their own conclusions about the misfortune.
But then God spoke…
Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? – Job 38:2-4
The Master Designer has the right to challenge Job’s faulty reasoning (and ours) when trials come… when life turns unexpectedly in a direction we don’t care for.
While reading chapters 38-39 this week, I asked myself the same questions asked of Job:
Is it my wisdom causing birds to fly or the sun to shine?
Is it my great knowledge that holds oceans within their bounds,
Or ushers a sunrise at the dawning of each new day… as the earth continues turning, for centuries and millennia since the beginning of time?
Are light and darkness limited or unrestrained by my genius?
Is it of my design—the tiny, individual paths descending from clouds for raindrops to follow, nourishing the parched ground… rather than gushes and floods pouring in a single spot?
Am I the orchestrator of the clouds, the wind, the rain, hail, lightning, thunder, dew or snow?
Who determined the instincts and habits of animals,
Or which creatures would be wise and mighty,
stubborn and unsociable,
fearless and majestic?
Can you or I explain the phenomena of nature’s governings?
What unseen hand holds stars in their places within the constellations?
Were we among those present at the first dawning of the first day… to join countless stars and the angelic chorus singing in celebration?
Scientists observe and study the workings of the universe—the product of God’s labor—
using objects—the product of man’s labor—to form their conclusions.
Yet, in all their study they still have not reached the end of the universe or located what (or Who) holds it together.
The God of creation is He Who created, and He Who commands creation.
Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away… when evening came He was alone…
The boat was in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary…
in the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.
And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying,
It is a ghost! And they cried out for fear.
But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.
And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.
So He said, Come. And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, Lord, save me!
And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him,
O you of little faith, why did you doubt?
And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying,
Truly You are the Son of God. – Matthew 14:22-33
On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, Let us cross over to the other side. Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat…
And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.
But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea,
Peace, be still!
And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
But He said to them, Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?
And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another,
Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him! – Mark 4:35-41