Job took a hard look at the God he trusted. He said, ” …the Almighty has terrified me…” He was probably speaking of the harsh treatment to his body and life that he was enduring. Whatever he was feeling , he tried to explain to his accusers why he still trusted even though he was suffering more than he thought he could endure.
When his “friends” had left for the day after much talking and accusing, he may have felt completely overwhelmed. He may have felt very small and ever alone. There may have been moments when he considered where he fit in to earth and the universe that God had made. There was no understanding. He says in chapter 23:17, “If only I could vanish in darkness, and think darkness would cover my face.” To go to sleep and never wake up may be what he meant.
Nevertheless, Job knows the power of God. (Chapter 26):
- “…hangs the earth upon nothing.”
- “…covers the face of the full moon.”
- “..describes a circle on the face of the waters.”
- “…heaven tremble and are astounded at His rebuke.”
- “By His power He stilled the sea…”
- “...But the thunder of His power who can understand?”
The creation of everything, including man/woman…the earth…planets and the universe is something to contemplate this season of Lent.
Just start where you are sitting at your computer; let your mind go out…to the neighborhood…the country side around you…the whole of your country…the earth…and then further….into the universe….as far as you can go in your imagination. Then bring your mind back and go the other direction…into the deepest parts of the sea. If we consider everything about God and His creation... we, like Job, should be terrified, when one really thinks about it.
Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was interviewed by Time magazine on what he considered to be the most astounding fact to considered about life. He does not mention God, but I am certain Job would have.
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