God answers them all — Job 38-39

Now we’re getting down to t he answer that we’ve all been waiting for.

And answer is… Well, you need to take the God-test first to make sure that you could understand the answer. OK, let’s take the test. “I will ask you, and you instruct Me.”

“Where were you, when I laid the foundations of the earth?” — Can you imagine God’s reply to your answer to this question? “Are you God-quality? You know, eternal, omnipotent and all? Oh, you weren’t there? Oh, then maybe you’re lacking the long range perspective to get the long range considerations that need to be factored into My decisions.” when I was a child, I used to wonder why Mom and Dad wouldn’t spend the money on something I wanted now — something about paying bills and keeping a roof over our heads. I thought it was just a lame excuse; I wasn’t thinking long term, or even middle term. I was thinking about a nanometer in front of my nose. Sometimes we question God thinking that we have it all figured out — how arrogant that a creature who has been existent a nano-second to God’s eternity believes that we know enough to call God on the carpet. And that’s the point here.

“Have you ever in your life commanded the morning and caused the dawn to know its place?” — “Oh you’ve never done that? You’ve never set the cycles of the universe that provide balance to all life? Then maybe you might lack the ability to gauge the necessary cycles of testing and recovery that strengthen men.”

“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades or loose th e cords of Orion?” — “No? Then maybe you’re lacking the wisdom to coordinate a whole universe in such a way as to have the right outcome?”

The bottom line here boils down to this: we fail the God-test. And no disrespect intended, because I’m human, too, but were just not smart enough to comprehend everything does. We can get some things; and sometimes in retrospect we are able to understand a little bit why we might have suffered in our lives, or why something happened, that we previously didn’t understand. But there may be reasons that we cannot imagine now as humans. Job probably never considered that his suffering would be a source of intense and deep solace to many millions down throughout the ages — and THAT may not have even been the prime reason that God allowed him to suffer.

See you tomorrow, Lord willing.

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About parklinscomb

I'm a minister for the church of Christ in Manchester NH where I've worked since the 1970's. I'm a big fan of my family, archaeology, the Bible, the Lord's church, and Gander Brook Christian Camp.
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