Monday, August 12, 2013

Who He Is

Once upon a time there was a man named Job.  One day he lost everything.  Not some thing, but everything.  In one day.  His children, his wealth, his security and joy.  And then he lost his health.

He knew he hadn't done anything to deserve it despite what his friends said.  And he would not curse God when urged to do so.

But he did ask God, "Why?"  Why did you let this happen to me?  Why was I even born?  Why are you treating me this way?  Why do you let bad things happen in the world?

God didn't answer the 'why'.  He reminds Job 'Who'.

"Were were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?  Tell me, if you know so much.
Who determined its dimensions and stretched out the surveying line? (Job 38:4-5)

What supports its foundations, and who laid it's cornerstone as the morning starts sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? (vs. 6)

Who kept the sea inside its boundaries as it burst from the womb? (vs. 8)

Who created a channel for the torrents of rain?  Who laid out the path for the lightening? (vs. 25)

Who sends rain to satisfy the parched ground and make the tender grass spring up? (vs.27)

Who is the mother of the ice?  Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens? (vs. 29)

And more.....

At the end of this Job, reminded of his humanity, said, "I have nothing more to say........" (Job 40:5)

"Very wise," I'd say if I were in on the conversation.  Or had the nerve to say ANYTHING after what God said!

There once was a man named Moses who was called at a bush that was burning but didn't burn up to lead his incredible number of relatives out of slavery.  He said, "I can't!!!!

God didn't say, "Yes, you can."  He reminded him Who was asking.

"Who gave human beings their mouths?  Who makes them deaf or mute?  Who gives them sight or makes them blind?" (Ex. 4:11)

And then there was a man named Abraham who had no children and he and his wife were old. God told Abraham he would make a nation out of him.  Abraham asked God, "How?"  God took him out and showed him the stars.  And standing under the vast heavens Abraham  remembered just how small he was and how big God is.

And then God sent His son.  Emmanuel---God with us.  To show us even more of Who He is.

God often doesn't answer our questions, but He's always there to remind us Who He is!  Who we can trust.  Who has it all under control.  And Who said,

 "Remember I am with you always, to the end of the age."  (Matt. 28:20)

And that's more than enough.